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Item 7372

Bill of lading for slave, 1719

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society

Date: 1719

Media: Ink on paper

Item 27790

John Bailey to Edward E. O'Brien, Thomaston, 1861

Contributed by: Thomaston Historical Society

Date: 1861-03-22

Location: Thomaston; Owens Ferry

Media: Ink on paper

Item 26389

Schooner Edna Hoyt, Thomaston, circa 1920

Contributed by: Thomaston Historical Society

Date: circa 1920

Location: Thomaston

Media: Photograph

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Custom House, Portland, ca. 1910

Port of Portland's Custom House and Custom Collectors

The collector of Portland was the key to federal patronage in Maine, though other ports and towns had collectors. Through the 19th century, the revenue was the major source of Federal Government income. As in Colonial times, the person appointed to head the custom House in Casco Bay was almost always a leading community figure, or a well-connected political personage. The last presidential appointment was made in 1960, and the system abolished in in 1974.

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Khadija Guled, Portland, 2009

400 years of New Mainers

Immigration is one of the most contentious topics of debate in Maine. Controversy aside, immigration is also America's oldest tradition, and along with religious tolerance, what our nation was built upon. Since the first people—the Wabanaki—permitted Europeans to settle in the land now known as Maine, we have been a state of immigrants.

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Champlain's map of Saco Bay and the Saco River, 1605

Biddeford History & Heritage Project

Highlights of Biddeford history presented by McArthur Public Library, Biddeford Historical Society, and Biddeford High School’s Project ASPIRE class. The site explores shipbuilding, the Civil War homefront, women’s clubs, influential residents, and some of the city’s famous artists and inventors.