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Maine Centennial Parade float, 'Dawn of Discovery,' Portland, 1920
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: 1920-07-05 Location: Portland Media: Glass Negative
Letter to George Washington on burning of Falmouth, 1775
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1775-10-24 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper
John Sawyer letter to Rev. William Jenks about Penobscot agriculture, 1810
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1810-11-30 Location: Bangor Media: Paper
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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.
Throughout the history of the state, residents have protested, on paper or in the streets, to increase rights for various groups, to effect social change, to prevent social change, or to let their feelings be known about important issues.
Several Mainers have run for president or vice president, a number of presidents, past presidents, and future presidents have had ties to the state or visited here, and, during campaign season, many presidential candidates and their family members have brought their campaigns to Maine.
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Historic Hallowell - Contact Us
Contact Us For more information about the project or Hallowell history, please contact the following people: Sumner "Sam" Webber, Hallowell…
CONTACT US Straw and Martin Insurance and C.A. Smith Photography, ca. 1880Item Contributed byGuilford Historical Society The Straw and Martin…
Skowhegan Community History - Contact Us
Contact Us Laura Richter Skowhegan Area Middle School email@example.com 207-474-3339 http://www.msad54.org/sams
My Maine StoriesView All Showing 2 of 12
63 year Presque Isle High School Class Reunion
by Kathryn E Joy
What happens when there are no more reunions planned.
A New Beginning for Wabanaki Land Relationships
by John Banks
Wabanaki leadership in land stewardship
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Longfellow Studies: An American Studies Approach to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12
Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was truly a man of his time and of his nation; this native of Portland, Maine and graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine became an American icon. Lines from his poems intersperse our daily speech and the characters of his long narrative poems have become part of American myth. Longfellow's fame was international; scholars, politicians, heads-of-state and everyday people read and memorized his poems. Our goal is to show that just as Longfellow reacted to and participated in his times, so his poetry participated in shaping and defining American culture and literature. The following unit plan introduces and demonstrates an American Studies approach to the life and work of Longfellow. Because the collaborative work that forms the basis for this unit was partially responsible for leading the two of us to complete the American & New England Studies Masters program at University of Southern Maine, we returned there for a working definition of "American Studies approach" as it applies to the grade level classroom. Joe Conforti, who was director at the time we both went through the program, offered some useful clarifying comments and explanation. He reminded us that such a focus provides a holistic approach to the life and work of an author. It sets a work of literature in a broad cultural and historical context as well as in the context of the poet's life. The aim of an American Studies approach is to "broaden the context of a work to illuminate the American past" (Conforti) for your students. We have found this approach to have multiple benefits at the classroom and research level. It brings the poems and the poet alive for students and connects with other curricular work, especially social studies. When linked with a Maine history unit, it helps to place Portland and Maine in an historical and cultural context. It also provides an inviting atmosphere for the in-depth study of the mechanics of Longfellow's poetry. What follows is a set of lesson plans that form a unit of study. The biographical "anchor" that we have used for this unit is an out-of-print biography An American Bard: The story of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, by Ruth Langland Holberg, Thomas Y. Crowell & Company, c1963. Permission has been requested to make this work available as a downloadable file off this web page, but in the meantime, used copies are readily and cheaply available from various vendors. The poem we have chosen to demonstrate our approach is "Paul Revere's Ride." The worksheets were developed by Judy Donahue, the explanatory essays researched and written by the two of us, and our sources are cited below. We have also included a list of helpful links. When possible we have included helpful material in text format, or have supplied site links. Our complete unit includes other Longfellow poems with the same approach, but in the interest of time and space, they are not included. Please feel free to contact us with questions and comments.