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Historical Items

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Item 100578

Israel Washburn Jr. on integrity of government, Augusta, 1861

Contributed by: Washburn Norlands Living History Center Date: 1861-02-04 Location: Augusta Media: Ink on paper

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Item 99435

Civil War veterans at Memorial Hall, Belfast, ca. 1890

Contributed by: Belfast Free Library Date: circa 1890 Location: Belfast Media: Photograph on card

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James Foss Davis, Ellsworth, ca. 1875

Contributed by: Ellsworth Public Library Date: circa 1875 Location: Ellsworth Media: Photographic print

Tax Records

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Item 50794

Assessor's Record, 65-79 Exchange Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: U.S. Government Use: Post Office

Item 53805

Assessor's Record, 314 Fore Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: United States Government Use: Custom House

Item 63258

Assessor's Record, 65-79 Exchange Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: United States Government Use: Post Office


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Civil Defense: Fear and Safety

In the 1950s and the 1960s, Maine's Civil Defense effort focused on preparedness for hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters and a more global concern, nuclear war. Civil Defense materials urged awareness, along with measures like storing food and other staple items and preparing underground or other shelters.


Port of Portland's Custom House and Collectors of Customs

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.


William King

Maine's first governor, William King, was arguably the most influential figure in Maine's achieving statehood in 1820. Although he served just one year as the Governor of Maine, he was instrumental in establishing the new state's constitution and setting up its governmental infrastructure.

Site Pages

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Bath's Historic Downtown - Old Town Hall and Grant Building

… administration, Bath received $10,000 from the government, $4,000 of which went toward building the Old City Hall.

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Bath's Historic Downtown - Davenport Memorial and City Hall

He filled different roles in Bath's government when Bath was incorporated as a city in 1847. The City Hall earlier provided a home for many of…

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Bath's Historic Downtown - The Customs House

… were often the site of city, state, or federal government events. For example, in 1889, the 23rd President, Benjamin Harrison visited Bath to tour…

My Maine Stories

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Love is greater than peace, For peace is founded upon love
by Parivash Rohani

My journey from Iran to Maine


I'm fortunate to live in Livermore Falls
by Kenny Jacques

I've seen a lot of changes in Livermore Falls, and hope we will reinvent again soon.


Florence Ahlquist Link's WWII service in the WAVES
by Earlene Ahlquist Chadbourne

Florence Ahlquist, age 20, was trained to repair the new aeronautical cameras by the US Navy in WWII