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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

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

Item 11987

Juvenile Temperance Society pledge, 1864

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society

Date: 1864-03-23

Location: Portland

Media: Ink on paper

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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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Portland City Hall Rum Room, ca. 1930

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.


Vice presidential campaign poster, 1968

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.


Charles Garcelon to uncle on finances, Virginia, 1863

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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Temperance Parade on North Main Street, Guilford, ca. 1900

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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Arvida Hayford, Bangor, ca. 1867

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 Dancing Fraternity card, Bangor 1868

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…