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Maine Memory Network


Maine Memory Network The Maine Memory Network, a project of the Maine Historical Society, provides access to thousands of historical items belonging to over 270 organizations from across Maine. The expansive site provides free online access to tens of thousands of primary source materials and hundreds of online exhibits; a virtual textbook on Maine history; lesson […]

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November 13, 2020


Resources for students & faculty about Somali communities in Maine


Resources for students & faculty about Somali communities in Maine An annotated bibliography on the Somali community in Lewiston, developed by Bates College Student Maddie Santizo ’16. Open Link

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April 25, 2020


Somalis In Maine Bibliography


Somalis In Maine Bibliography A list of online resources and research related to the arrival and integration of Somali refugees in Maine, created by  Bates Professor Elizabeth Eames and students in her community-engaged learning courses. Open Link

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The University of Southern Maine’s  Franco-American Collection


The University of Southern Maine’s Franco-American Collection The University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College is home to the Franco-American Collection, one of the premier collections of archival material relating to Maine’s Franco-American population. Resources available online include oral histories, digitized documents, virtual exhibitions, and audio-visual materials. Open Link

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The stories of these 8 Mainers highlight the long history of immigration to the state


The stories of these 8 Mainers highlight the long history of immigration to the state Bangor Daily News, January 30, 2016. “From the floor of Congress to the sidewalks of Congress Street, immigration issues have been debated a lot in recent years. But in Maine, like America as a whole, it’s nothing new. People “from […]

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Portland exhibit reflects 400 years of immigration in Maine


Portland exhibit reflects 400 years of immigration in Maine Portland Press Herald, February 9, 2016. “Some state and local leaders see immigrants as an answer to the state’s slowing growth and aging population… Others, however, see immigrants, especially from war-torn countries like Syria, as a security threat… Now a new exhibit called “400 Years of […]

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When the Irish Refugees Came to Maine


When the Irish Refugees Came to Maine Poverty, Discrimination & Bitter Struggle,” The Free Press, March 12, 2015. “But it’s the Irish who made up the largest mass migration of refugees the state has ever seen. Escaping famine and oppression by a tyrannical colonial power, the Irish arrived weak from hunger and often with disease. […]

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Maine’s Franco-American History Offers Lessons for Today’s Immigrants and Their Neighbors


Maine’s Franco-American History Offers Lessons for Today’s Immigrants and Their Neighbors Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center, 2018. Ask the average person on the street about diversity in Maine, and they’ll likely tell you two things – that Maine is “mostly white,” and that any racial or ethnic diversity the state does have comes from the […]

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When an Influx of French-Canadian Immigrants Struck Fear Into Americans


When an Influx of French-Canadian Immigrants Struck Fear Into Americans In the late 19th century, they came to work in New England cotton mills, but the New York Times, among others, saw something more sinister. Open Link

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