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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

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John O. Crummett letter about black soldiers, war, Kentucky, 1863

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1863 Location: China Media: Ink on paper

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Black Power banner, Waterville, 1970

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1970 Location: Waterville Media: Cotton


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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.


Amazing! Maine Stories

These stories -- that stretch from 1999 back to 1759 -- take you from an amusement park to the halls of Congress. There are inventors, artists, showmen, a railway agent, a man whose civic endeavors helped shape Portland, a man devoted to the pursuit of peace and one known for his military exploits, Maine's first novelist, a woman who recorded everyday life in detail, and an Indian who survived a British attack.


The Devil and the Wilderness

Anglo-Americans in northern New England sometimes interpreted their own anxieties about the Wilderness, their faith, and their conflicts with Native Americans as signs that the Devil and his handmaidens, witches, were active in their midst.

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Surry by the Bay - Phebe Fowler: A Woman of Property

… intestacy. Phebe in Her Old AgePhebe wears a black coat in the only photograph we have of her.Item Contributed bySurry Historical Society…

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Surry by the Bay - Broadway by the Bay

In 1985 she told the Ellsworth American that, "nothing will ever top the Surry Playhouse for having good fun...We were all from New York, and we all…

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Surry by the Bay - Surry Opera Company

He told the Ellsworth American that he wanted to celebrate the music that had brought him and many others so much joy over the centuries, the music…

My Maine Stories

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In the midst of the tragedy of war, there are humorous moments
by Roger Ek, Seawolf 25

Never leave beer with the PBRs


Learning to fly and instructing cadets at West Point during WWII
by Vera Cleaves

West Point during World War II


How the first chapter Veterans for Peace was founded in Maine
by Doug Rawlings

Veterans for Peace was founded in Maine and is now an international movement