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Timeline of Maine History 09: Depression and World War

CCC men near Acton

1930-1949 The 1930’s and 1940’s were difficult for most Americans. During the Great Depression, several projects set the stage for recovery in Maine, such as the Wyman Dam on the Kennebec River, the beginnings of Baxter State Park, the Moosehorn … Continue reading

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Timeline of Maine History 10: Seeds of Change

The Nearing

1950-1974 The third quarter of the twentieth century began to draw Maine closer to national and international events as earlier ways of life were challenged. Salting of cod, a centuries old tradition, ended with refigeration. Indians were given the right … Continue reading

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Timeline of Maine History 11: Political Change, Economic Challenges

Women Members of the Maine Legislature

1975-2003 During this period Maine state government was reorganized as a divided legislature faced an Independent governor, and the archaic Executive Council was abolished. Democrats outnumbered Republicans among registered voters for the first time; but unenrolled (“independent”) voters soon outnumbered … Continue reading

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Topsham Schools Report 1929

Cover Page of Topsham

Annual Report of the Superintending School Committee and Superintendent of Schools I herewith submit my second annual report as Superintendent of the Schools of the town of Topsham. This is the twenty-first report since the organization of the Brunswick-Topsham District. … Continue reading

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Town Annual Reports

Here are sample town warrants, school and health reports from a variety of times and places.  Many more are available at the Maine State Library and the Maine State Archives in Augusta.  Such documents give an insight into the concerns … Continue reading

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War of 1812

After its success in achieving independence with the Treaty of Paris on September 3, 1783, the United States hoped to avoid conflict with European countries. However,  in 1793 France declared war on Great Britain, both of which then began harassing … Continue reading

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Webster Ashburton Treaty

Daniel Webster

Daniel Webster, Secretary of State, representing the United States, negotiated a new boundary between Maine and what is now Canada with Alexander Baring, Lord Ashburton, “Her Britannic Majesty’s Minister Plenipotentiary on Special Mission.” The treaty, signed August 9, 1842, became … Continue reading

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Webster Ashburton Treaty Notes

NOTE 1 [Her Britannic Minister Plenipotentiary on Special Mission to the Secretary of State] WASHINGTON 9th August 1842 SIR, It appears desirable that some explanation between us should be recorded by correspondence respecting the fifth Article of the Treaty signed … Continue reading

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York Health Report 1933

Town of York Report of the Health Department 1933 Health Department Salary $ 800 00 Office in Realty Building 55 12 Rent $ 37 50 Telephone and Telegram 15 62 Lights 2 00 ________ Construction at Fire House $197 70 … Continue reading

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