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Historical Items

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Item 66022

"Warning," interior trolley car notice, ca. 1920

Contributed by: Seashore Trolley Museum Date: circa 1920 Location: Portland Media: ink on paper

Item 50684

Atlantic Shore Line Locomotive #100, Sanford, ca. 1930

Contributed by: Seashore Trolley Museum Date: circa 1930 Location: Sanford Media: Photographic print

Item 26826

Portland Railroad trolley car, Portland, 1937

Contributed by: Seashore Trolley Museum Date: 1937 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Exhibits

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Exhibit

A Field Guide to Trolley Cars

Many different types of trolley cars -- for different weather, different uses, and different locations -- were in use in Maine between 1895-1940. The "field guide" explains what each type looked like and how it was used.

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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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History in Motion: The Era of the Electric Railways

Street railways, whether horse-drawn or electric, required the building of trestles and tracks. The new form of transportation aided industry, workers, vacationers, and other travelers.

Site Pages

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Site Page

Seashore Trolley Museum

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Presque Isle: The Star City - Aroostook Valley R.R., Presque Isle, ca. 1939

1939 Contributed by Seashore Trolley Museum Description Opening day in 1910 of the Aroostook Valley R.R. in Presque Isle.

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Presque Isle: The Star City - Aroostook Valley Railroad

Trolley Car Nos. 70 and 71 as well as engine #52 from the Aroostook Valley Railroad are on display there.

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride Companion Curriculum

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8 Content Area: Social Studies
These lesson plans were developed by Maine Historical Society for the Seashore Trolley Museum as a companion curriculum for the historical fiction YA novel "Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride" by Jean. M. Flahive (2019). The novel tells the story of Millie Thayer, a young girl who dreams of leaving the family farm, working in the city, and fighting for women's suffrage. Millie's life begins to change when a "flying carpet" shows up in the form of an electric trolley that cuts across her farm and when a fortune-teller predicts that Millie's path will cross that of someone famous. Suddenly, Millie finds herself caught up in events that shake the nation, Maine, and her family. The lesson plans in this companion curriculum explore a variety of topics including the history of the trolley use in early 20th century Maine, farm and rural life at the turn of the century, the story of Theodore Roosevelt and his relationship with Maine, WWI, and the flu pandemic of 1918-1920.