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The Maine State Museum



The Maine State Museum
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.19

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     challenging words:    emblem, practically, grounds, leadership, stoneware, natural, legislature, gain, pottery, capitol, logs, defend, traps, fell, glassware, imitation
     content words:    Maine State Museum, Samantha Smith, Yuri Andropov, Native Americans


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The Maine State Museum   

1     One day last week, our class visited Augusta, the capital of Maine. The Maine State Museum was our first destination. Outside, we saw a bronze statue of Samantha Smith, the girl who wrote to Russian leader Yuri Andropov. Inside the three-story museum, you feel like you are walking through Maine!
 
2     In the first exhibit, we saw models of the early natives who were the only people in Maine from the time the glaciers receded until about 1500 A.D. We saw piles of shells they used in their burial grounds, arrowheads, pottery, baskets, and even a birch bark canoe, like those that the native peoples used on the rivers and off the coast.
 
3     Maps, guns, and flags showed how the Native Americans, English, and French fought for almost 100 years to gain control of the territory known as Maine. Finally, in 1760, the French forces fell, and the English expanded their settlements. For another 100 years or so, Maine was part of Massachusetts, but people in Maine became upset by the fact that Massachusetts was so far away and could not defend them against the British during the War of 1812. Finally, Maine became its own state in 1820. The capital was in Portland at first, but later it was moved to Augusta. In fact, the capitol building, where the legislature meets, is right next door to the museum!

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