Grange Conference Banners
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Five banners for a grange conference in Orono, Maine, in 1926. There is no indication if the conference was local to the Orono Grange or if it was a larger conference for the Maine State Grange.
- Creation: 1926
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The origins of the Grange in Maine extend back to the Farmer’s Clubs, which were organized in the 1850s. Each club debated agricultural and household issues while both men and women had their separate gatherings. The clubs began to decline after the Civil War and were soon merged into another movement that would attract many of Maine’s rural population.
The Grange (officially known as the Patrons of Husbandry) was organized in Washington, D.C. in 1867. It grew slowly during its early years but arrived in Maine by 1873. By the end of 1874, there were sixty-four Granges and approximately 2000 members. From the beginning, there was great interest in cooperative activities including offering insurance, advocating railroad and banking regulation, and promoting group purchasing. In 1876, the Order had grown to over 228 Granges with about 12,000 members.
Changes in insurance laws, the growing popularity of television, the decline of farming and other demographic and cultural changes began to affect membership levels of the Grange after 1960. While the Order is still a factor in many towns through its community service role, and its halls are one of the icons of the State’s landscape, the number of Granges has dropped to about 180 and membership is now approximately 8000. (excerpted from https://mainestategrange.org/?page_id=63; accessed 10/20/2022.)
2 folders (5 banners)
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Transferred from the Annie E. Woodman Museum, in Dover, NH.
The five banners are the same but in various states of physical deterioration with wrinkles, stains, and tears.
- Guide to the Grange Conference Banners
- No Additional Box Or Folder List For This Small Collection
- Elizabeth Russell
- October 2022
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