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Contributed by: Oakfield Historical Society
Date: circa 1955
Title: West W. Cooper, Union, 1861
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Date: circa 1861
Media: Black and white photograph hand colored
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Address: 27 Union Street, Portland
Owner in 1924: Mary Berenson
Use: Dwelling - Single family
Address: 982-1030 Congress Street, Portland
Owner in 1924: Western Union Tel. Co.
The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association, an organization formed to promote and support skilled craftsmen, celebrated civic pride and members' trades with a parade through Portland on Oct. 8, 1841 at which they displayed 17 painted linen banners with graphic and textual representations of the artisans' skills.
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.
Throughout the history of the state, residents have protested, on paper or in the streets, to increase rights for various groups, to effect social change, to prevent social change, or to let their feelings be known about important issues.