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Item 9329

World War II ration book,1943

Contributed by: Norway Historical Society Date: 1943 Location: South Portland Media: Ink On paper

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Item 9186

Gas ration permit

Contributed by: Norway Historical Society Date: circa 1945 Location: Norway; Oxford Media: ink on paper

Item 27649

Hampden Highlands Post Office, ca. 1908

Contributed by: Hampden Historical Society Date: circa 1908 Location: Hampden Media: Photographic print


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Unlocking the Declaration's Secrets

Fewer than 30 copies of the first printing of the Declaration of Independence are known to exist. John Dunlap hurriedly printed copies for distribution to assemblies, conventions, committees and military officers. Authenticating authenticity of the document requires examination of numerous details of the broadside.


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.

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Life on a Tidal River - Bangor and the Civil War Resources

Washington: Government Printing Office, 1868. U.S. Quartermaster’s Dept. Roll of Honor (No. XIV). Names of Soldiers who, In Defense of the American…

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Home: The Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Portland - Researching Your Home

… property, paper records found in libraries and government offices, neighbors and others who knew prior occupants, and online resources such as…

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Life on a Tidal River - William S. Cohen, The Man and the School

April 10, 2013. William S. Cohen. Institute of Government & Public Affairs, University of Illinois. 2009-2013. Web. April 12, 2013. William S.