Keywords: Old home
Historical Items Showing 3 of 424 View All
Contributed by: McArthur Public Library
Location: Old Orchard Beach
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Media: Glass negative
Tax Records Showing 3 of 229 View All
Owner in 1924: Nellie D. Noyes
Use: Summer Dwelling
Owner in 1924: Board of Home Missions
Use: Dwelling - Two family
Owner in 1924: Alice Home McGlinchy
Use: Carpenter's Shop
The Wadsworth-Longfellow house is the oldest building on the Portland peninsula, the first historic site in Maine, a National Historic Landmark, home to three generations of Wadsworth and Longfellow family members -- including the boyhood home of the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The history of the house and its inhabitants provide a unique view of the growth and changes of Portland -- as well as of the immediate surroundings of the home.
Women at the turn of the 20th century were increasingly involved in paid work outside the home. For wage-earning women in the Old Port section of Portland, the jobs ranged from canning fish and vegetables to setting type. A study done in 1907 found many women did not earn living wages.
Young men and women in the 19th century often went away from home -- sometimes for a few months, sometimes for longer periods -- to attend academies, seminaries, or schools run by individuals. While there, they wrote letters home, reporting on boarding arrangements and coursework undertaken, and inquired about the family at home.
When Peleg Wadsworth built his house in 1785, what is now Congress Street in Portland was on the rural outskirts of the community known as Falmouth. The house passed on to other family members and Portland changed around what remained a family home until 1901, when it became a historic house museum.
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John Martin (1823-1904) of Bangor began in 1864 looking back at his life, family, business and recreational experiences and recording those events and thoughts -- with narrative and illustrations -- for his children. Martin called himself an "expert accountant," but he was interested in architecture, dance, fashion, gardening, politics, business, religion, and the world around him.
My Maine Stories Showing 3 of 14 View All
by Donald C. Cunningham
A story about my father and our family.
by Earlene Ahlquist Chadbourne
Florence Ahlquist, age 20, was trained to repair the new aeronautical cameras by the US Navy in WWII
by Joseph Rocque Jr.
I will never forget the horror of seeing all the protestors greeting my plane returning from Vietnam