Museum Exhibits Extended on MMN

Unidentified woman, Sanford, ca. 1900, one of many images in the online version of “Dressing Up, Standing Out, Fitting In.”

Did you miss last year’s museum exhibit at MHS–Dressing Up, Standing Out, Fitting In? Are you anxious to know more about our current exhibit, Wired! How Electricity Came to Maine, but can’t make it here to see it in person just yet?

Well, you’re in luck. These, and a number of other former exhibits, exist as digital versions on Maine Memory Network. Many, if not all, of the items in the exhibits have been scanned or photographed fully cataloged in the MMN database; and the narratives of the exhibits–that text you read as you wend your way around the exhibit space–has been repackaged online.

Hair drop earring, ca. 1880, from the “Dressing Exhibit.” Yes, it has real hair (and gilded brass) in it!

Both Dressing Up and Wired! feature an introduction and eight individual slideshows that capture the various aspects of the exhibits.

There are many other former MHS physical exhibits now available on Maine Memory including:

A campsite in the Katahdin region, 1935, one of the images in the Maine Memory online exhibit “Umbazooksus and Beyond: The Maine Woods Remembered,” which originated as a physical exhibit.

In addition, a number of Maine Memory’s Contributing Partner (CP) organizations have turned their own physical exhibits into virtual versions. Visit the main Exhibits page and search alphabetically for the following titles: History in Motion: The Era of the Electric Railway; How Sweet It Is; The Mainspring of Fashion; One Hundred Years of Caring–EMMC; Time and Eternity; Westbrook Seminary: Educating Women; and four from USM’s Franco-American Collection: La Basilique, Les Raquetteurs, La St. Jean, and Le Theatre.


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