Keywords: Municipal buildings
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Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Date: circa 1860
Media: Photographic print
Contributed by: Bridgton Historical Society
Date: circa 1938
Media: Ink on paper and photograph
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.
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.
A fire and two men whose lives were entwined for more than 50 years resulted in what is now considered to be "the Jewel of Portland" -- the Austin organ that was given to the city of Portland in 1912.
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The 1912 building served as the municipal court (top floor), fire house (main floor) and jail (cellar).
… were modernizing and expanding, there was no municipal debt, several new businesses including a credit union arrived and even another great…
… Guilford Memorial Library – Our local “Four Star” municipal library. The library provides extensive research materials and access to computers and…