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Category: Social Movements & Services, Social services, Health

Historical Items

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Item 22347

Children's health camp, ca. 1925

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1925 Media: Photographic print

Item 79045

Red Cross Car and Trailer, Main Street, Northeast Harbor, 1947

Contributed by: Northeast Harbor Library Date: 1947 Location: Northeast Harbor Media: Photographic print

Item 101536

First aid class, Westport Island, 1942

Contributed by: Westport Island History Committee Date: 1942 Location: Westport Island; Boothbay Harbor Media: Photographic print

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 135759

McGeachey Hall Mental Health Center floor plan, Portland, 1981

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1981 Location: Portland Client: Maine Medical Center Architect: Stevens Architects

Online Exhibits

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Sarah Sampson: Caring for Soldiers, Orphans

Sarah Sampson of Bath went to war with her husband, a captain in the 3rd Maine Regiment. With no formal training, she spent the next four and a half years providing nursing and other services to soldiers. Even after her husband became ill and returned to Maine, Sampson remained in the Washington, D.C., area aiding the sick and wounded.

Site Pages

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Mercy Hospital - From Queen's to Mercy

From Queen's to Mercy A 1941 capital funds campaign pamphlet for the construction of the new Mercy Hospital.

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Mercy Hospital - Sisters of Mercy

Sisters of Mercy Text contributions from Ian Saxine, MHS Historian. Items courtesy of Mercy Hospital Mary Catherine McAuley Catherine McAuley…

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Mercy Hospital - Portland Hospitals Before Mercy

Portland Hospitals Before Mercy Text contributions from Ian Saxine, MHS Historian. Items courtesy of Maine Memory and Maine Medical Center Archive.

My Maine Stories

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30 years of work at Mercy
by Gordon Davis

Gordon Davis recounted anecdotes from his thirty years of employment at Mercy Hospital


My work as V.P. of nursing and patient care at Mercy Hospital
by Bette Neville

Bette Neville discussed her 15 years of work at Mercy.


Supporting the Mercy Hospital mission for 30+ years
by David Small

David Small described his time on the Mercy Hospital Board, The Sisters of Mercy, and expansion.

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Primary Sources: Healthcare History in Maine

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson plan will give students the opportunity to read and analyze letters, literature, and other primary documents and articles of material culture from the MHS collections relating to how people in Maine have given and received healthcare throughout history. Students will discuss the giving and receiving of medicines and treatments from the 18th-21st centuries, the evolving role of hospitals since the 19th century, and how the nursing profession has changed since the Civil War. Students will also look at how people and healthcare facilities in Maine have addressed epidemics in the past, such as influenza and tuberculosis, and what we can learn today from studying the history of healthcare and medicine.