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Five African American adults, Houlton, ca. 1900

Mystery Corner Item Do you know this family?

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1900 Location: Houlton Media: Photographic print

Mystery Corner Item

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Unidentified man, Lewiston, ca. 1900

Mystery Corner Item Who? When? Help!

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1900 Media: Photographic print

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Chapel of Our Savior, Brunswick

Contributed by: Pejepscot Historical Society Date: 1887 - 2005 Location: Brunswick Media: Photograph, print


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"Twenty Nationalities, But All Americans"

Concern about immigrants and their loyalty in the post World War I era led to programs to "Americanize" them -- an effort to help them learn English and otherwise adjust to life in the United States. Clara Soule ran one such program for the Portland Public Schools, hoping it would help the immigrants be accepted.


Guarding Maine Rail Lines

Black soldiers served in Maine during World War II, assigned in small numbers throughout the state to guard Grand Trunk rail lines from a possible German attack. The soldiers, who lived in railroad cars near their posts often interacted with local residents.


Lt. Charles Bridges: Getting Ahead in the Army

Sgt. Charles Bridges of Co. B of the 2nd Maine Infantry was close to the end of his two years' enlistment in early 1863 when he took advantage of an opportunity for advancement by seeking and getting a commission as an officer in the 3rd Regiment U.S. (Colored) Volunteers.

Site Pages

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Presque Isle: The Star City - Native Americans

While African Americans received the right vote in 1870 and women the right to vote in 1920, the United State government did not give this right to…

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Lincoln, Maine - Main Street, Lincoln, ca. 1920

Charles Fuller. This house was occupied by an African American troop detachment sent here to guard the railroad bridges in Lincoln, Mattawamkeag and…

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Life on a Tidal River - Football in Bangor

… to the war, the northern states began to recruit African-Americans, and some college teams had to merge in order to survive.

My Maine Stories

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I have thought about Vietnam almost every day for 48 years
by Ted Heselton

Working as a heavy equipment operator in Vietnam


Vietnam Memoirs
by David Chessey