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Item 25163

Reidhead's Journal, Castine, 1779

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society

Date: 1779

Location: Castine

Media: Ink on paper

Item 25164

Receipt for Penobscot Expedition service, Falmouth, 1779

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society

Date: 1779-07-08

Location: Castine

Media: Ink on paper

Item 1323

Stephen Hall on Penobscot Expedition, 1779

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society

Date: 1779-08-29

Location: Falmouth

Media: Ink on paper

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Letter from POW camp, 1944

Prisoners of War

Mainers have been held prisoners in conflicts fought on Maine and American soil and in those fought overseas. In addition, enemy prisoners from several wars have been brought to Maine soil for the duration of the war.


Southern Cross commemorative print, ca. 1928

Big Timber: the Mast Trade

Britain was especially interested in occupying Maine during the Colonial era to take advantage of the timber resources. The tall, straight, old growth white pines were perfect for ships' masts to help supply the growing Royal Navy.


Pulp pile, St. Croix Paper Co., Woodland, ca. 1910

Making Paper, Making Maine

Paper has shaped Maine's economy, molded individual and community identities, and impacted the environment throughout Maine. When Hugh Chisholm opened the Otis Falls Pulp Company in Jay in 1888, the mill was one of the most modern paper-making facilities in the country, and was connected to national and global markets. For the next century, Maine was an international leader in the manufacture of pulp and paper. 

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Survey Chart, Islesboro, 1884

Islesboro--An Island in Penobscot Bay - Historical Overview

The Penobscot Expedition, as it came to be known, remained the worse worst American naval defeat until the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941.

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1794 map of Farmington

Farmington: Franklin County's Shiretown - Brief History

The failure of the American expedition to the Penobscot in 1779 was a costly one. The lumber trade, which had been the prinicipal means for…