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Historical Items

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Item 74773

Rural electrification brochure, ca. 1935

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1935 Media: Ink on paper

Item 6586

Church Street, Belfast, ca. 1920

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1920 Location: Belfast Media: Photographic print

Item 98858

Philip Andrews feeding his pigeons, Main Street, Dixfield, ca. 1890

Contributed by: Dixfield Historical Society Date: circa 1890 Location: Dixfield Media: Postcard

Exhibits

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Exhibit

Wired! How Electricity Came to Maine

As early as 1633, entrepreneurs along the Piscataqua River in southern Maine utilized the force of the river to power a sawmill, recognizing the potential of the area's natural power sources, but it was not until the 1890s that technology made widespread electricity a reality -- and even then, consumers had to be urged to use it.