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Historical Items

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Item 52003

Biddeford High School, Alfred Street, ca. 1910

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: 1910 Location: Biddeford Media: Postcard

Item 31236

Mark Gould report card, Biddeford, 1854-55

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: 1855 Location: Biddeford Media: Ink on paper

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Item 33831

Grammar schools graduation program, Biddeford, June 1928

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: 1928-06-24 Location: Biddeford Media: Ink on paper

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Exhibits

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Biddeford, Saco and the Textile Industry

The largest textile factory in the country reached seven stories up on the banks of the Saco River in 1825, ushering in more than a century of making cloth in Biddeford and Saco. Along with the industry came larger populations and commercial, retail, social, and cultural growth.

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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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Graduation Season

Graduations -- and schools -- in the 19th through the first decade of the 20th century often were small affairs and sometimes featured student presentations that demonstrated what they had learned. They were not necessarily held in May or June, what later became the standard "end of the school year."

Site Pages

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - EXHIBITS

… of New England SHIPBUILDING IN BIDDEFORD BIDDEFORD'S MOVERS & SHAKERS THE CIVIL WAR & BIDDEFORD THE THURSDAY CLUB ARTISTS AND INVENTORS OF…

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - EXPLORE the history of Biddeford, Maine...

BHP 2009-2010 team members from Biddeford High School Project Aspire, Biddeford Historical Society, and McArthur Public Library.

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - CONTACT

BY EMAIL: reference@mcarthur.lib.me.us *Please include "BIDDEFORD HERITAGE PROJECT" in the subject of your email.*

My Maine Stories

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My career working at Pepperell Mills in the Vellux Division
by David Bishop

My 35 years working in the Vellux blanket division of Pepperell Mills, Biddeford.

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Everything we did was new and exciting in the Vellux division
by Maurice Paquette

If you applied yourself you could do anything at Pepperell Mills.

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Story of the "little nun"
by Felicia Garant

My grandmother made a nun's outfit for me

Lesson Plans

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: "Christmas Bells" - A Lesson Plan for Middle School Students

Grade Level: 6-12 Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies
The words of this poem are more commonly known as the lyrics to a popular Christmas Carol of the same title. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote "Christmas Bells" in December of 1863 as the Civil War raged. It expresses his perpetual optimism and hope for the future of mankind. The poem's lively rhythm, simple rhyme and upbeat refrain have assured its popularity through the years.

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: "The Poet's Tale - The Birds of Killingworth" - A Lesson Plan for Middle School Students

Grade Level: 6-12 Content Area: Science & Engineering, English Language Arts, Social Studies
This poem is one of the numerous tales in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Tales of the Wayside Inn. The collection was published in three parts between 1863 and 1873. This series of long narrative poems were written by Longfellow during the most difficult personal time of his life. While mourning the tragic death of his second wife (Fanny Appleton Longfellow) he produced this ambitious undertaking. During this same period he translated Dante's Inferno from Italian to English. "The PoetÂ’s Tale" is a humorous poem with a strong environmental message which reflects Longfellow's Unitarian outlook on life.

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: "Haunted Houses" - A Lesson Plan for Middle School Students

Grade Level: 6-12 Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies
Longfellow's collection The Courtship of Miles Standish and other Poems was published in 1858. It sold 250,000 copies in two months and over 10.000 copies in London on the first day; Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was extremely popular during his lifetime. "Haunted Houses" is a work from that collection. It is a poem that is especially appealing around Halloween. The poem welcomes the reader to a place where "The spirit-world around the world of sense floats like an atmosphere . . ."