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This page about historic Maine is a supplement to Maine Social Studies where you will find additional material including history, colleges and universities, capital city profile, lesson plans, state government and more.

Go to Maine Social Studies - Maine History - Capital City Augusta, Maine - Maine Tourism - Maine Disasters - Maine Geography - Maine Lesson Plans - Maine Colleges and Universities


A to Z Kids Stuff | Maine __ General information for kids including history resources. - From -

The Great War and Armistice Day ___"In 1954, November 11 became known as Veterans Day, a time to honor American veterans of all wars. The holiday originated, however, as a way to memorialize the end of World War I, November 11, 1918, and to "perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations." Mainers were involved in World War I as soldiers, nurses, and workers on the homefront aiding the military effort". - Illustrated - From the Maine Memory Network -

Famous Maine People Mainers __ You will find a list of famous people who are a part of the history of Maine. - From -

Find a Grave - Maine ___Brief biographies of 298 'famous' citizens, many with information about their claims to fame, causes of death and burial places, and photos. - Illustrated - From Find a Grave -

In Time and Eternity: Maine Shakers in the Industrial Age ___Learn about this religious groups' history in the state of Maine. - Illustrated - From the Maine Memory Network - 

Irish Immigrants in Nineteenth Century Maine ___"With the popularity of all things Irish in modern America, many people have forgotten the difficulties faced by nineteenth century Irish immigrants." - Illustrated - From the Maine Memory Network - 

Liberty Threatened: Maine in 1775___"At Lexington and Concord, on April 19, 1775, British troops attempted to destroy munitions stored by American colonists. The battles were the opening salvos of the American Revolution. Shortly, the conflict would erupt in Maine." - Illustrated - From the Maine Memory Network - 

Maine ___A good overview of the history of Maine, plus statistics, demographic information, and links to "... selected famous natives and residents." - Illustrated - From Pearson Education, publishing as Infoplease - 

Maine Became a State ___Topics include the Red Paint people, the Vikings and Maine as a province of Massachusetts. - Illustrated - From the Library of Congress - 

Maine Ghost Towns ___These brief reports about this state's ghost towns are submitted by viewers. - Map - From - 
Maine: History ___Topics include European colonization, statehood and political issues. - Text only - From The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. - 


Maine History Firsts ___The left third of your screen contains a table of contents from which you can choose your topic of interest. - From the Maine Legislature - Text only - From revised extract from Maine Almanac (1980) by Jim Brunelle -

Maine, Timeline of State History __ "Check out this chronological timeline detailing dates with key events and significant developments that spans the last 500 years. Learn about the state's symbols." - From -  

Otisfield's One-Room Schoolhouses ___Many of the one-room schoolhouses in Otisfield, Maine, constructed from 1839 through the early twentieth century, are featured here. The photos, most of which also show teachers and children, were taken between 1898 and 1998. - Illustrated - From the Maine Historical Society - 

Rebecca Usher ___"Rebecca Usher of Hollis, Maine used to sign letters that she penned for wounded Civil War soldiers with the saying, "Yours for the Soldier, Rebecca Usher." One of 20,000 women who worked in Union military hospitals, Rebecca Usher paved the way for women." - Illustrated - From the Maine Historical Society - 

Samplers, Learning to Sew ___"Settlers clothing had to be durable and practical to hold up against hard work and winters. From the 1700s to the mid 1800s, the women of Maine learned to sew by making samplers." - Illustrated - From the Maine Historical Society -

Settling Along the Androscoggin and Kennebec ___"The Proprietors of the Township of Brunswick was a land company formed in 1714 and it set out to settle lands along the Androscoggin and Kennebec Rivers in Maine." - Illustrated - From the Maine Historical Society - 

The Shape of Maine ___"The boundaries of Maine are the product of international conflict, economic competition, political fights, and contested development. The boundaries are expressions of human values; people determined the shape of Maine." - Illustrated - From the Maine Historical Society -

State of Maine History ___Not an attractive page, but the facts are here. History of Maine. - Text only - From NorthEastern Genealogy - 

Suffrage in Maine ___"The struggle for women’s suffrage in Maine began rather quietly in 1854 but would eventually be characterized by heated debates, with strong leaders and powerful groups on both sides of the argument." - Illustrated - From the Maine Historical Society - 
Taber Wagon ___"The Taber farm wagon was an innovative design that was popular on New England farms. It made lifting potato barrels onto a wagon easier and made more efficient use of the horses’ work. These images glimpse the life work of its inventor, Silas W. Taber of Houlton, and the place of his invention in the farming community." - Illustrated - From the Maine Historical Society - 


Trolley Travel ___"Trolleys were the cleanest and most efficient means of mass transit Maine has ever known." - Illustrated - From the Maine Historical Society - 

The US50 - A Guide to the State of Maine ___A general history of Maine and brief biographies of historic figures. - Text only - From Erik Schubach and -

The Waldo-Hancock Bridge ___"The Waldo-Hancock Bridge is in the process of being dismantled after over 70 years of service. The Maine State Archives has a number of records related to the history of this famous bridge that are presented in this exhibition." - Illustrated - From the Maine Historical Society - 

William King: Consummate Politician, Military Leader, and Entrepreneur ___"Maine’s first governor, William King, was arguably the most influential figure in Maine’s achieving statehood in 1820. Although he served just one year as the Governor of Maine, he was instrumental in establishing the new state’s constitution and setting up its governmental infrastructure." - Illustrated - From the Maine Historical Society -


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