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Item 82279

Alcohol use permit for Dr. Giguère, Lewiston, 1922

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection

Date: 1922

Location: Lewiston

Media: Ink on paper

Item 20135

Anti-alcohol broadside, ca. 1890

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society

Date: circa 1890

Media: Ink on paper

Item 101697

Gin recipe, ca. 1925

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society

Date: circa 1925

Media: Ink on paper

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Portland City Hall Rum Room, ca. 1930

Prohibition in Maine in the 1920s

Federal Prohibition took hold of America in 1920 with the passing of the Volstead Act that banned the sale and consumption of all alcohol in the US. However, Maine had the Temperance movement long before anyone was prohibited from taking part in one of America's most popular past times. Starting in 1851, the struggles between the "drys" and the "wets" of Maine lasted for 82 years, a period of time that was everything but dry and rife with nothing but illegal activity.


'Death of Father Sebastian Rale,' 1856

Father Rasles, the Indians and the English

Father Sebastien Rasle, a French Jesuit, ran a mission for Indians at Norridgewock and, many English settlers believed, encouraged Indian resistance to English settlement. He was killed in a raid on the mission in 1724 that resulted in the remaining Indians fleeing for Canada.


John Merrill and son, Edwin, Leeds, 1860

John Y. Merrill: Leeds Farmer, Entrepreneur, & More

John Y. Merrill of Leeds (1823-1898) made terse entries in diaries he kept for 11 years. His few words still provide a glimpse into the life of a mid 18th century farmer, who also made shoes, quarried stone, moved barns, made healing salves -- and was active in civic affairs.

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Temperance Parade on North Main Street, Guilford, ca. 1900

Guilford, Maine - Around Town By: Piscataquis Community Middle School Students

… Day Parade, celebrating a day to abstain from alcohol, moves past the Braeburn Hotel on Main Street in the early 1900s.

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George Melvin Weston, Bangor, ca. 1867

John Martin: Expert Observer - Intro: pages 30-47

Clark Judge Hodgdon Alcohol, taverns Amos M. Roberts Hannibal Hamlin Ebenezer Trask Oliver H. Hinkley Joshua Hill William Cobb Wilmot Proviso

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Arvida Hayford, Bangor, ca. 1867

John Martin: Expert Observer - Arvida Hayford, Bangor, ca. 1867

… that during temperance years, Hayford imported alcohol and provided it to "Irish men & women in open defiance of the Maine law." He further charged…