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Free Online Resources from Maine Collecting Institutions
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Access Collections and Other Content From Home While Mainers Shelter in Place
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List hosted by the association of Maine Archives and Museums: www.MaineMuseums.org/OnlineResources
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Organization NameCategoryWeb addressRecommended age level(s)Subject(s)Description
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Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education (USM)Digital archiveshttps://oshermaps.org/Middle School, High School, College, AdultHistory, Art, Current EventsMore than 60,000 of our half a million maps, atlases, books, etc. are fully digitized and searchable on our website. Users can zoom into hi-res images of maps, charts, atlases, etc. and download lo-res images for presentations, reports, homework, etc.
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Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education (USM)Online lesson plans and activitieshttps://oshermaps.org/teachElementary School, Middle School, High SchoolHistory, Science/Natural Science, Current EventsSearch our fully downloadable Social Studies lessons using maps, charts, and atlases, as well as worksheets, boardgames, and other activities for K-12 students and teachers!
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Monhegan Musuem of Art & HistoryDigital archiveshttps://monheganmuseum.org/search-art-2/Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, AdultArtThe next best thing to being on island! View our at collection online!
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Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education (USM)Online Exhibitionshttps://oshermaps.org/category/past-exhibitions/Middle School, High School, College, AdultHistory, Art, Science/Natural ScienceStuck at home? Missing museums? Tour the Osher Map Library's virtual recreations of our popular gallery exhibits.
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Monhegan Museum of Art & HistoryDigital Exhibithttps://monheganmuseum.org/online-3/Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, AdultHistory, ArtVisit our exhibits without leaving your home!
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Penobscot Marine MuseumOnline lesson plans and activitieshttps://www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org/pbho-1/Elementary School, Middle SchoolHistory, ArtMaritime history and culture modules with lessons, primary sources, and activity ideas.
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Penobscot Marine MuseumDigital archiveshttps://penobscotmarinemuseum.pastperfectonline.com/advancedsearchElementary School, Middle School, High School, College, AdultHistory, Art, Maritime1,000s of online Maine photographs, documents, and artifacts
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Penobscot Marine MuseumOnline Articleshttps://pmm-maine.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=4a2df165ccd04876914242839e7bdb0f#Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, AdultHistory, Science/Natural Science, GeographySailing from Boston to Buenos Aires: The 1892 Diary of Ernest W. Perkins
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NEDCC | Northeast Document Conservation CenterOnline Articleshttps://www.nedcc.org/familyHigh School, College, AdultHistory, Family photograph and memorabilia preservationLearn how to care for your family's treasured photographs, audio recordings, maps, documents, and books.The experts at NEDCC provide advice on best conditions and storage for all the items that record your family's history.
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Brick Store MuseumVideos or podcastshttp://brickstoremuseum.org/education/digitallearningcenter/Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, AdultHistory, Art, Current EventsDigital lectures, podcast episodes, history videos, and online exhibitions can be found on our Digital Learning Center!
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Maine State MuseumOnline lesson plans and activitieshttps://mainestatemuseum.org/learn/100-years-to-vote-teaching-materials/Middle School, High SchoolHistory"100 Years to the Vote" Lesson plans on the Maine women's suffrage movement. Standards-aligned, recommended for grades 4-12. Learn about suffrage maps, political cartoons, and a historic debate!
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Maine State MuseumOnline lesson plans and activitieshttps://mainestatemuseum.org/learn/bicentennial-teaching-materials/defining-maine/Middle School, High SchoolHistory"Defining Maine" - Explore Maine woods and waters through an interactive digital map and journal from Joseph Treat and John Neptune’s 1820 journey to survey the new state. Designed for Grades 8-12.
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Maine State MuseumOnline lesson plans and activitieshttps://mainestatemuseum.org/learn/bicentennial-teaching-materials/primary-source-sets/Elementary School, Middle School, High SchoolHistoryMaine Bicentennial Primary Source Sets - Themed packets of primary sources with teacher guides, background info, and analysis worksheets. Explore Maine-based documents, images, and artifacts! Designed for Grades K-12.
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Maine State MuseumOnline lesson plans and activitieshttps://mainestatemuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Reading-Art-Maine-and-World-War-I-Teaching-Guide.zipMiddle School, High SchoolHistory"Reading Art – Mainers and World War I" teaching guide and materials designed for Grades 6-12.
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Maine State MuseumOnline lesson plans and activitieshttps://mainestatemuseum.org/learn/maine-voices-from-the-civil-war/Middle School, High SchoolHistory"Maine Voices from the Civil War" - Resources including transcribed letters and biographies (materials to supplement a Civil War unit, not full lesson plans).
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Maine State MuseumOnline lesson plans and activitieshttps://mainestatemuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Design-Your-Own-State-Seal.pdfPreschool, Elementary School, Middle SchoolHistory, Art, Arts & CraftsDesign your own Maine State Seal with this blank template!
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Maine State MuseumOnline lesson plans and activitieshttps://mainestatemuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Optional-Maine-State-Symbols.pdfPreschool, Elementary SchoolScience/Natural Science, Arts & CraftsColoring activity--Maine's state symbols (animals, plants, insects) to print and color!
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Maine State MuseumOnline exhibitshttps://mainestatemuseum.org/exhibit/regional-struggle/High School, College, AdultHistoryCheck out stories and artifacts from the Maine State Museum's Bicentennial exhibit "Regional Struggle - National Story: Maine's Path to Statehood."
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Maine Maritime MuseumVideos or podcastshttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHBTfz9WfXrWE2TtU7Q9SgAElementary School, Middle School, High School, College, AdultHistory, BoatbuildingMMM's YouTube channel includes boatbuilding tutorials, virtual tours of our collections, and more!
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CultureConnectResources portal for museums, practical guides for executing all of the abovehttps://cultureconnectme.com/category/covid-19-resources-portal/Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, AdultHistory, Art, Science/Natural Science, Arts & Crafts, Current Events, all AAM museums and libraries categoriesSeries of guides, interviews, webinars published weekly to help museums connect online with audiences. Covers a wide range of topics.
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Hudson MuseumVirtual tours, videos, public access collection database, on-line exhibitshttps://umaine.edu/hudsonmuseum/Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, AdultHistory, Art, AnthropologyExplore a world of culture from the Wabanaki to the Precolumbian civilizations of Mesoamerica and beyond through the Hudson Museum's digital resources.
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The Peary-MacMillan Arctic MuseumOnline exhibitshttps://www.bowdoin.edu/arctic-museum/index.htmlPreschool, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, AdultHistory, Art, Natural HistoryAn online resource for Bowdoin College's Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, a museum dedicated entirely to all things Arctic.
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Yarmouth History CenterVirtual tours of your sitehttps://www.yarmouthmehistory.org/new-walking-tour/Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, AdultHistoryTake a walk (or visit from your couch) and learn about Yarmouth's historic industries and neighborhoods.
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Maine Maritime MuseumDigital archiveshttps://archive.org/details/mmmlibraryHigh School, College, AdultHistory
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library on Internet Archive
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Maine Maritime MuseumOnline exhibitshttps://artsandculture.google.com/partner/mainemaritimemuseumMiddle School, High School, College, AdultHistory, ArtMaine Maritime Museum on Google Arts & Culture
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Maine Maritime MuseumDigital archiveshttps://maritimeme.pastperfectonline.com/Middle School, High School, College, AdultHistory, Art, Science/Natural Science, Arts & CraftsMaine Maritime Museum Collections Database
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Ski Museum of MaineOnline Articleshttp://www.skimuseumofmaine.org/Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, AdultHistoryDid you know that there has been a representative from Maine in every Winter Olympics since 1948?
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Castine History PartnersVirtual Tour of Castine, Mainehttps://www.castinehistoricalsociety.org/castine-virtual-tourElementary School, Middle School, High School, College, AdultHistoryExplore Castine and learn about our historic sites! The tour features short histories, audio, and galleries of historic images.
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Franco American ProgramsLive interactions (video chat with a curator or educator, etc.)https://umaine.edu/francoamerican/High School, College, AdultFranco American Culture"Around the Kitchen Table" -- One-hour, informal discussions on Zoom discussing topics announced beforehand.
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George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library Digital archiveshttps://library.bowdoin.edu/arch/research-and-instructional-services/class-instruction.shtmlHigh School, College, AdultHistory, Art, Science/Natural ScienceAccess to Bowdoin College's digital collections and projects and resources for how to meaningful integrate them into an online learning environment.
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Greater Portland LandmarksOnline lesson plans and activitieshttp://www.portlandlandmarks.org/self-guided-walking-toursElementary School, Middle School, High School, College, AdultHistory, architectureLearn more about your neighborhood while you're taking a walk, or explore Portland from home with our free self-guided walking tour maps!
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Greater Portland LandmarksFree book downloadshttp://www.portlandlandmarks.org/publicationsElementary School, Middle SchoolHistory, architectureDownload our activity books about the Portland Observatory and Portland history for free.
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Greater Portland LandmarksVideos or podcastshttp://www.portlandlandmarks.org/videosHigh School, College, AdultHistory, architectureOur video archive includes dozens of neighborhood history talks about Greater Portland.
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Greater Portland LandmarksOnline lesson plans and activitieshttp://www.portlandlandmarks.org/neighborhood-resourcesMiddle School, High School, College, AdultHistory, architectureOur neighborhood resources include videos, presentations, maps, and more about Greater Portland neighborhoods, and we're adding more to this page every day.
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Maine Historical SocietyOnline lesson plans and activitieshttps://www.mainememory.net/search/lessonsElementary School, Middle School, High SchoolHistoryLesson plans on Maine history that provide teachers and students with diverse subject matters for each Social Studies strand, and promote critical thinking as students interact with primary documents..
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Maine Historical SocietyOnline exhibitshttps://www.mainememory.net/exhibitsElementary School, Middle School, High School, College, AdultHistory, ArtExplore online exhibits on diverse topics of Maine history.
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Maine Historical SocietyDigital archiveshttps://www.mainememory.net/Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, AdultHistory, ArtMaine Memory Network (MMN) brings together digital collections from historical societies, libraries, museums, individuals, and other cultural institutions across Maine in a database where users can utilize online exhibits, interactive tools, lesson plans, and other resources, to learn about, celebrate, and share local history.
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Maine Historical SocietyOnline Articleshttps://www.mainememory.net/mymainestories/High School, College, AdultHistory, Art, Science/Natural Science, Arts & Crafts, Current EventsMy Maine Stories is a participatory storytelling forum that provides an online space for individuals to share recollections about Maine through text, audio, video, and photos, including experiences in Maine, memories of family or community, work life, or impacts of a historical event in Maine.
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Franco-American Collection at the University of Southern MaineOnline exhibitshttps://www.vamonde.com/adventure/link/1460Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, AdultHistoryScavenger hunt of downtown Lewiston-Auburn Franco-American history.
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Franco-American Collection at the University of Southern MaineDigital archiveshttps://digitalcommons.usm.maine.edu/franco/Middle School, High School, College, AdultHistoryThe Franco-American Collection's digitized archival materials on the USM Digital Commons.
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USM Special CollectionsDigital archiveshttps://digitalcommons.usm.maine.edu/slavery/Middle School, High School, College, AdultSlavery in the United StatesDocuments of slave ownership showing the inhumanity.
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USM Special CollectionsVideo, digital archiveshttps://digitalcommons.usm.maine.edu/african_american/Middle School, High School, College, AdultHistory, Maine African American history and society / communityVideos about leaders in the African American community and digitized items including photographs and objects regarding the life and history of the community, with strong focus on civil rights and negative stereotypes.
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USM Special CollectionsVideo, digital archiveshttps://digitalcommons.usm.maine.edu/lgbt/Middle School, High School, College, AdultHistory, Maine LGBTQ+ history and life, with a emphasis on civil rightsVideos of programs on history and activism, full text community newspapers, photographs, objects, and oral histories with an emphasis on the civil rights movement of the 1990s-early 2000s.
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USM Special CollectionsDigital archiveshttps://digitalcommons.usm.maine.edu/wwi_posters/ Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, AdultHistory, World War IPosters created by the US government and community organizations promoting public support for the war effort.
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USM Special CollectionsDigital archiveshttps://digitalcommons.usm.maine.edu/sbernstein_correspondence/Middle School, High School, College, AdultHistory, World War IICorrespondence between a Mainer serving in southeast Asia during WWII and his family in Portland about the war and events in Maine.
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USM Special CollectionsDigital archiveshttps://digitalcommons.usm.maine.edu/sweetser/Middle School, High School, College, AdultHistory, Education--Historical Maine student and teacherLetters and photographs of a woman who attended Gorham Normal School in the late 19th century and taught in Maine in the early 20th century.
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USM Special CollectionsDigital archiveshttps://digitalcommons.usm.maine.edu/political_buttons/Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, AdultHistory, PoliticsButtons of 20th century American politics and social movements.
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Margaret Chase Smith LibraryVideos or podcastshttps://www.youtube.com/user/TheMCSLibrary/videosElementary School, Middle School, High School, College, AdultHistory, Current EventsBiographical, historical, and current events videos
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VAMONDEOnline exhibitshttps://www.vamonde.com/maine-archives-and-museumsMiddle School, High School, College, AdultHistory, Art, Science/Natural Science, Arts & CraftsVAMONDE provides immersive digital experiences, field trips and exhibits from museums all over the state.
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McArthur Public LibraryDigital archiveshttp://www.biddefordhistory.comMiddle School, High School, College, AdultHistoryDigital collections plus indexes and finding aids
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McArthur Public LibraryVideos or podcastshttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpgUL7u7HEkJvygIOKq825AMiddle School, High School, College, AdultHistoryResearch Biddeford history like a boss: tours and tutorials for using our digital collections
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Maine State ArchivesDigital archiveshttps://digitalmaine.com/arc_img/Middle School, High School, College, AdultHistory, PolicyOnline repository of over 60,000 items from Maine history, including maps, state laws, photographs, and more.
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Maine State ArchivesCrowd-Sourced Transcriptionhttp://digitalmaine.net/projects/High School, College, AdultHistoryThe Digital Maine Transcription Project invites the public to make significant Maine documents accessible online through the use of crowdsourcing.
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Maine State ArchivesVirtual tours of your sitehttps://www.maine.gov/sos/arc/bicentennialmsa.htmlElementary School, Middle School, High School, College, AdultHistoryThe Maine Virtual Reality Experience uses VR technology to put you in some of Maine’s most notable places, with historical and informational voice over.
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Washburn-Norlands Living History CenterOnline exhibitshttps://norlands.org/about-the-washburns.htmlHigh School, College, AdultHistoryThe Washburns of Livermore: Maine's Connection to the Civil War
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Museum L-AVirtual tours of your site
https://www.museumla.org/permanent-exhibit-virtual-tour
Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, AdultHistoryThe 360-degree photographs of our exhibit spaces in the historic Bates Mill include interest points that describe collection items and historical facts about the major industries of Lewiston and Auburn that are typically shared in our regular 45-minute tours.
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Museum L-AOnline lesson plans and activities
https://www.museumla.org/educational-materials
Elementary School, Middle SchoolHistory, Art, MathThis site hosts all online and digital resources Museum L-A has created for educators and the general public including interactive timelines, worksheets, and lesson plans.
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Museum L-ADigital archiveshttps://www.museumla.org/character-cardsMiddle School, High School, College, AdultHistoryMuseum L-A's online character card program allows visitors to engage virtually with the stories of former workers of Lewiston and Auburn's major industries pulled from the museum's extensive oral history collection.
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Museum L-AOnline exhibitshttps://www.davidscobey.net/weaving-a-worldMiddle School, High School, College, AdultHistoryMuseum L-A's traveling exhibit, Weaving a World, explores the world of immigrant textile mill workers in 20th century Lewiston, Maine and is now available to virtual visitors!
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Presque Isle Historical SocietyVirtual tours of your sitehttps://www.pihistory.org/virtual-tours-of-historic-downtown.htmlElementary School, Middle School, High School, College, AdultHistory30 short narrated video vignettes of historic downtown Presque Isle, Maine
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Presque Isle Historical SocietyVideos or podcastshttps://youtu.be/7VjQpClB7WgMiddle School, High School, College, AdultHistoryA podcast hosted by University of Maine at Presque Isle's History Club with Presque Isle Historical Society
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History Live! North EastVideos or podcastshttp://historylivenortheast.orgElementary School, Middle School, High School, AdultHistoryA collection of educational videos from top reenactors, museum professionals, and historical interpreters from all over the world!
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Department of Secretary of StateOnline lesson plans and activitieshttps://www.maine.gov/sos/kids/Elementary SchoolHistoryGames, photos, facts and maps all about the State of Maine.
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Patten Free Library
Live interactions (video chat with a curator or educator, etc.)
https://www.patten.lib.me.us/history-room/history-room-live/
AdultHistory
Join Patten Free Library's History Room staff Jill and Karen on Zoom to learn about local history and genealogy resources from the Sagadahoc History & Genealogy Room!
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Washburn-Norlands Living History Center
Videos or podcasts
https://www.vamonde.com/posts/introduction-to-working-an-oxen-team/9731
Elementary School, Middle School, High SchoolFarming - AgricultureMeet 19th-century Farmer Tom Pratt and His Working Team of Oxen
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Museum L-A Virtual tours of your site
https://www.museumla.org/child-labor-virtual-tour
Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, AdultHistory
Museum L-A has created a virtual reality tour of our recently closed "All Work and No Play" exhibit that explores the grim history of child labor in the state of Maine.
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Museum L-AOnline lesson plans and activitieshttps://www.historyweaver.net/Elementary School, Middle School, High SchoolHistory
Museum L-A's new History Weaver suite features mini-exhibits and lesson plans/activities about three highly requested topics: Textiles, Child Labor, and Immigration.
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