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Item 15764

Hampden Youth Temperance Society Constitution, 1839

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1839 Location: Hampden Media: Ink on paper

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Item 99374

Sons of Temperance certificate, Leeds, 1847

Contributed by: Leeds Historical Society Date: 1847-03-30 Location: Leeds Media: ink (printer and pen) on paper

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Item 7487

Portland Association for Temperance bylaws, 1827

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1827 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper

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Tax Records

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Item 52896

148-150 Free Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Maine Woman's Christian Temperance Union Use: Rooming House


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Prohibition in Maine in the 1920s

Federal Prohibition took hold of America in 1920 with the passing of the Volstead Act that banned the sale and consumption of all alcohol in the US. However, Maine had the Temperance movement long before anyone was prohibited from taking part in one of America's most popular past times. Starting in 1851, the struggles between the "drys" and the "wets" of Maine lasted for 82 years, a period of time that was everything but dry and rife with nothing but illegal activity.


Presidents and Campaigns

Several Mainers have run for president or vice president, a number of presidents, past presidents, and future presidents have had ties to the state or visited here, and, during campaign season, many presidential candidates and their family members have brought their campaigns to Maine.


Lt. Charles A. Garcelon, 16th Maine

The son of Maine's surgeon general and nephew of a captain in the 16th Maine, Charles A. Garcelon of Lewiston served in Co. I of the 16th Maine. His letters home in the first 17 months of his service express his reflections on war and his place in it.

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Guilford, Maine - Around Town By: Piscataquis Community Middle School Students

1900 Item 30888 infoGuilford Historical Society Parade on North Main Street, Guilford, ca. 1900 The Temperance Day Parade, celebrating a day to…

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Arvida Hayford, Bangor, ca. 1867

… Martin, a Bangor accountant and shopkeeper, temperance man, and Republican, also wrote that during temperance years, Hayford imported alcohol and…

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Intro to pages 47-90

… was held at the Hampden Town Hall, and dances at Temperance Hall and Dolan Hall in Bangor. Martin also writes profiles and provides photos of…