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Q: Life in Maine 200 Years Ago ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Life in Maine 200 Years Ago
Category: Relationships and Society > Cultures
Asked by: lunarny-ga
List Price: $25.00
Posted: 08 May 2006 13:02 PDT
Expires: 07 Jun 2006 13:02 PDT
Question ID: 726650
Greetings!  I'm working on a project for an organization in
Waterborough, Maine.  The org is celebrating its bicentennial and we
are looking for some interesting facts about what life was like in the
region circa 1806.  Any info about daily life, struggles, how people
worked and played, what they ate, facts about life expectancy, current
events of the age, trivia, etc. would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks
in advance for your help!

Request for Question Clarification by alanna-ga on 08 May 2006 13:56 PDT
Would information about life in Maine in the 19th C be what you are
after? Or do you mean something else by "region."
Subject: Re: Life in Maine 200 Years Ago
Answered By: czh-ga on 08 May 2006 18:01 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello lunarny-ga,

I?ve collected a variety of resources for you that should help you get
some information about life in the early 19th century in
Waterborough/Waterboro. The links below will lead you to local and
state organizations that have collections of historical materials. Be
sure to explore the websites from the Maine Historical Society and ask
for help from the librarian if you can?t find what you?re looking for.

I wish you a very successful bicentennial celebration.

~ czh ~

Town of Waterboro ? Incorporated 1787
Historical Information

(Several of the articles provided here cover the period you?re
interested in and give you information about the settlement, schools
and other community interests.)

 -- General, Comprehensive and Other Maine History Resources
 -- Maine History Resources - People
 -- Maine History Resources - Places

History of the Waterboro Schools
Earliest Schools -- (Probably District #1)

From the history of York County we find the first school opened in
Waterborough was held in a barn in 1784 and was taught by Samuel
Robinson. Since we know that Waterborough Old Corner was established
first, we assume this school was held in that part of town.

(This article provides details that might be of interest regarding the
school system for the period you?re asking about.)

History of Waterborough, Maine
A Gazetteer of the
State of Maine
By Geo. J. Varney
Published by B. B. Russell, 57 Cornhill,
Boston 1886
Transcribed by Betsey S. Webber

WATERBORO, ME, York County

Waterboro is a town in York County, incorporated on March 3, 1787 from
Massabesic Plantation. Colonel Joshua Waters, a proprietor, lent his
name to the town.

Though lumbering began thriving about 1764, the first settler arrived
in 1768 at Waterborough Old Corners.

Maine Historical Society
The Research Library of the Maine Historical Society was established
in 1822 to promote the discovery, identification, collection,
preservation and interpretation of materials which document the
history of Maine and its people. The collection consists of over
100,000 printed books and pamphlets and two million manuscript pages
from the 15th to the 21st centuries.
Open to Members & the Public 
10 AM to 4PM Tuesday through Saturday

(This is a wonderful site to get you started with your explorations.
The historical society offers a wealth of resources and the assistance
of a librarian if you need help with your project.)

Maine History Facts
On This Page
Maine History Facts
Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow
Other Websites
School Projects
Maine Memory Network

(The links listed under Other Websites look very promising for your project.)

Maine Memory Network

The Maine Memory Network is a statewide digital museum that provides
unprecedented access to over 10,000 historical items from over 160
museums, historical societies, libraries, and other organizations from
every corner of Maine.

Step inside to see rare photographs, documents and artifacts; to
explore online exhibits; to access resources for teaching Maine
history; and to learn about how you can participate and help preserve
Maine history.

The Story of Maine

HOME involves an historic collaboration between the Maine State Museum
and the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. As community partners, the
Museum and the Maine Public Broadcasting Network bring our resources
to our combined audiences, and reach new learners throughout Maine and
beyond. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is funding this
partnership to bring the Museum's collections and historical expertise
to new, diverse and widespread audiences to illustrate and document
important events in the history of Maine.
Links to Other Interesting History Sites

Mrs. Higgins' Maine Studies Sites

The sole purpose of this page is to provide students who are doing
research with a link to a variety of Maine information sites. Adults
are welcome, too. Link selection is based on serendippity and on my
own and my students' blundering internet searches. Inclusion, beyond
the obvious sites, merely means we found it and it worked for us.

(The Maine History Sites page offers resources by historical periods.
The resources for the Colonial Era and Early 19th Century should be of
special interest.)


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lunarny-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
Excellent work!  Thanks so much for your help.

Subject: Re: Life in Maine 200 Years Ago
From: czh-ga on 16 May 2006 10:26 PDT
Hello  lunarny-ga,

I'm glad the information was helpful. Thank you for the five stars and
generous tip.

~ czh ~

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