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Category: Public Events & Celebrations, Holidays

Historical Items

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Item 30878

Holiday Gathering, Beemans Corner, Hallowell, ca. 1899

Contributed by: Hubbard Free Library Date: circa 1899 Location: Hallowell Media: Photographic print

Item 7441

Freeman family Christmas, Saco, 1909

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1909-12-25 Location: Portland Media: Photo negative

Item 8565

Susy's Christmas illustration, 1865

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1865 Media: Ink on paper

Online Exhibits

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Evergreens and a Jolly Old Elf

Santa Claus and evergreens have been common December additions to homes, schools, businesses, and other public places to America since the mid nineteenth century. They are two symbols of the Christian holiday of Christmas whose origins are unrelated to the religious meaning of the day.


Giving Thanks

Cultures from the ancient Greeks and Chinese to contemporary societies have set aside time to give thanks, especially for the harvest. In 1941, the United States set a permanent date for the observance.


The Public Face of Christmas

Christmas, a Christian holiday observed by many Mainers, has a very public, seasonal face that makes it visible to those of all beliefs.

My Maine Stories

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Rachel Tourigny: Richness of growing up in a big, "poor" family
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center

A most vivid and heartwarming account of life during a simpler time