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Item 102680

Lana Shkolnik and Galina Antonovskiy, Portland, 2009

Courtesy of Jan Pieter Van Voorst Van Beest, an individual partner Date: circa 2017 Location: Portland Media: Digital photograph

Item 35333

John Bapst, Bangor, ca. 1860

Contributed by: John Bapst Memorial High School Date: circa 1860 Location: Bangor Media: Photographic print

Item 14288

Charles Atherton copy of testimony concerning threats to Society of Friends, 1846

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1846 Location: Fairfield Media: Ink on paper

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Father John Bapst: Catholicism's Defender and Promoter

Father John Bapst, a Jesuit, knew little of America or Maine when he arrived in Old Town in 1853 from Switzerland. He built churches and defended Roman Catholics against Know-Nothing activists, who tarred and feathered the priest in Ellsworth in 1854.


400 years of New Mainers

Immigration is one of the most debated topics of debate in Maine. Controversy aside, immigration is also America's oldest tradition, and along with religious tolerance, what our nation was built upon. Since the first people--the Wabanaki--permitted Europeans to settle in the land now known as Maine, we have been a state of immigrants.

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