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Historical Items

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Item 63064

Mike Holmes describes Fourth of July on Swan's Island during the 1950s

Contributed by: Swan's Island Historical Society Date: circa 1950 Location: Swan's Island Media: Mp3

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Item 6890

Home for Thanksgiving, 1898

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1898 Media: Oil on canvas or board

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Public thanksgiving proclamation, 1755

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1755-12-04 Media: Ink on paper

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Architecture & Landscape

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Holiday Health & Racquet Club, Bangor, ca. 1972

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1972 Location: Bangor Client: Holiday Health & Racquet Club Architect: Eaton W. Tarbell

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Erin Corporate Office alterations to Holiday Inn East, Bangor, 1987

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1987 Location: Bangor Client: Erin Architect: Eaton W. Tarbell

Online Exhibits

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The Public Face of Christmas

Christmas, a Christian holiday observed by many Mainers, has a very public, seasonal face that makes it visible to those of all beliefs.


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.


A Day for Remembering

Most societies have had rituals or times set aside to honor ancestors, those who have died and have paved the way for the living. Memorial Day, the last Monday in May, is the day Americans have set aside for such remembrances.

Site Pages

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Holiday Events

Holiday Events Warmer weather combined with national or local holidays brought islanders together for celebrations.

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Scarborough: They Called It Owascoag - A Look Inside the Classroom Over Time - Page 4 of 4

Holidays were sometimes celebrated by a party during school, study of the history of a certain holiday, or a performance. Gifts were often exchanged.

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Thomaston Historical Society

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My Maine Stories

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Rachel Tourigny: Richness of growing up in a big, "poor" family
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center

A most vivid and heartwarming account of life during a simpler time


Epidemic of violence against Indigenous people
by Michael-Corey F. Hinton

Systemic racism, murder, and the danger of stereotypes


The Cup Code (working at OOB in the 1960s)
by Randy Randall

Teenagers cooking fried food in OOB and the code used identify the product and quantity.