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Category: Recreation & Leisure, Parties & Outings

Historical Items

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Item 7571

Letter from Ted Jewett to Robert Robison, 1829

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1829-12-05 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper

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Item 8722

Picnic group, Waterford, ca. 1905

Contributed by: Waterford Historical Society Date: circa 1905 Location: Waterford Media: Photographic print

Item 8969

Maying party, Skowhegan, 1894

Contributed by: Skowhegan History House Date: 1894-05-01 Location: Skowhegan Media: Photographic print

Exhibits

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The Trolley Parks of Maine

At the heyday of trolleys in Maine, many of the trolley companies developed recreational facilities along or at the end of trolley lines as one further way to encourage ridership. The parks often had walking paths, dance pavilions, and various other entertainments. Cutting-edge technology came together with a thirst for adventure and forever changed social dynamics in the process.

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May Baskets, a Dog, and a Party for Children

Two women thinking intruders were coming into their Biddeford Pool home, let the dog out to chase them away. Later, they discovered the truth about the noise at their door.

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Prohibition in Maine in the 1920s

Federal Prohibition took hold of America in 1920 with the passing of the Volstead Act that banned the sale and consumption of all alcohol in the US. However, Maine had the Temperance movement long before anyone was prohibited from taking part in one of America's most popular past times. Starting in 1851, the struggles between the "drys" and the "wets" of Maine lasted for 82 years, a period of time that was everything but dry and rife with nothing but illegal activity.

My Maine Stories

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Working at International Paper and being part of the community
by Gary Desjardens

Working for International Paper and volunteering for the Special Olympics of America