Learn about Maine history and try an activity in ten minutes or less!
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How did infectious diseases affect 19th century Mainers? A Bowdoin College student wrote home about his experiences with influenza and measles in October, 1815.
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?
Maine had the opportunity to vote for women's suffrage in September 1917. How did suffrage supporters get the word out about their cause?
What is the meaning behind the imagery in the Maine State seal? How would you redesign the state seal today?
Why do we call Maine "Maine," and what other names have people given to this region?
What was the Coasting Law of 1789, and how did it affect the way people voted for Maine statehood before 1820?
After the final vote for Maine statehood, a conflict arose in the US Congress. How would you have voted?
Learn about Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's favorite secret place to write in his Portland family home.
How have Mainers made their own ice cream in the past? Learn how to make some of your own at home!
Learn how Mainers made butter 200 years ago, and create some homemade butter of your own!
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.
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?
Item Contributed by
L.C. Bates Museum / Good Will-Hinckley Homes
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.
Making Paper, Making Maine: Paper has shaped Maine's economy, molded individual and community identities, and impacted the environment throughout Maine.
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.
Pandemic Primary Source Sets
Investigate pandemics through local historic images, documents, and artifacts. These resources and lesson plans were created by a collaboration between the Maine Department of Education, Maine Historical Society, Maine State Archives, Maine State Library, and Maine State Museum. View resources and lesson plans.
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?
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