Maine Historical Society's Virtual Learning Hub

Learn about Maine history and try an activity in ten minutes or less!

Video Mini-Lessons

Visit the Video Lesson Transcript Library for transcripts of our Virtual Learning Hub videos. Updated frequently.

A Letter about Influenza & Measles, 1815

A Letter about Influenza & Measles, 1815

How did infectious diseases affect 19th century Mainers? A Bowdoin College student wrote home about his experiences with influenza and measles in October, 1815.

William Ourcadie's Suffrage Cartoons

William Ourcadie's Suffrage Cartoons

Maine had the opportunity to vote for women's suffrage in September 1917. How did suffrage supporters get the word out about their cause?

The Maine State Seal

The Maine State Seal

What is the meaning behind the imagery in the Maine State seal? How would you redesign the state seal today?

Longfellow Poetry: The Rainy Day (1842)

Longfellow Poetry: The Rainy Day (1842)

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote this enduring poem in his family home in Portland. How would you express your feelings about a rainy day in a poem?

Henry's House: A Room of His Own

Henry's House: A Room of His Own

Learn about Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's favorite secret place to write in his Portland family home.

How did Maine get its Name?

How did Maine get its Name?

Why do we call Maine "Maine," and what other names have people given to this region?

Voting for Maine: The Coasting Law

Voting for Maine: The Coasting Law

What was the Coasting Law of 1789, and how did it affect the way people voted for Maine statehood before 1820?

Voting for Maine: The Maine-Missouri Question

Voting for Maine: The Maine-Missouri Question

After the final vote for Maine statehood, a conflict arose in the US Congress. How would you have voted?

Making Butter

Making Butter

Learn how Mainers made butter 200 years ago, and create some homemade butter of your own!

Making Ice Cream

Making Ice Cream

How have Mainers made their own ice cream in the past? Learn how to make some of your own at home!

Online Exhibits and Response Questions

Did you know you can explore Maine Historical Society exhibits online? Check out some of our exhibits and then test your knowledge by answering the questions on the response sheets!

Maine Eats: For generations, people have combined available resources to create a uniquely "Maine" cuisine based on iconic foods like fish, blueberries, and potatoes.

Visit the online exhibit
Open the response sheet

State of Mind: The history of the region now known as Maine did not begin at statehood in 1820. How has the Maine we experience today been shaped by thousands of years of history?

L.C.Bates Museum, Fairfield, ca. 1945

L.C.Bates Museum, Fairfield, ca. 1945

Item Contributed by
L.C. Bates Museum / Good Will-Hinckley Homes

Visit the online exhibit
Open the 3rd-5th grade response sheet
Open the 6th-12th grade response sheet
Open the 9th-12th grade response sheet

400 Years of New Mainers: Since the first people--the Wabanaki--permitted Europeans to settle in the land now known as Maine, we have been a state of immigrants.

Visit the online exhibit
Open the response sheet

Making Paper, Making Maine: Paper has shaped Maine's economy, molded individual and community identities, and impacted the environment throughout Maine.

Visit the online exhibit
Open the response sheet

Lesson Plans

Enhance your classroom or home learning with one of our lesson plans or activities, created by MHS staff and Maine teachers for elementary through postsecondary learners.

Why is Maine the Pine Tree State? (Grades K-2)
Learn about and identify animals and plants significant to the state, and identify what types of environments are best suited to different types of plant and animal life. Includes a curated slideshow of images on Maine Memory Network.

Maine's Beneficial Bugs: Insect Sculpture Upcycle/Recycle S.T.E.A.M. Challenge (Grades 3 & up)
Use recycled, reused, and upcycled materials to create a sculpture of a beneficial insect that lives in the state of Maine. Contributed by Coreysha Stone, teacher at Chewonki Elementary and Middle School.

Primary Sources: Daily Life in 1820 (Grades 6-12)
Explore and analyze primary source documents from the years before, during, and immediately after Maine became the 23rd state in the Union. Includes a curated slideshow of Maine Memory Network items and discussion questions.

What Remains: Learning about Maine Populations through Burial Customs (Grades 6 & up)
Do you have an historic cemetery or graveyard in your town? Learn how to identify headstone iconography, and how historians can discover information about life in 17th-19th century Maine by analyzing different communities' burial customs. Includes a curated slideshow of Maine Memory Network items and an iconography worksheet that you can take along on a walk by your local historic burial sites.


Check out more lesson plans created for our Bicentennial Education Initiative, or search our site catalogue for more lessons and activities.

You can also submit your own lesson plan or activity to Maine Memory Network! How do you bring Maine history to life in your classroom?