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Historical Items

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Item 102079

Ruins of the Merchant Exchange / U.S. Custom House, Portland, 1857

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1854 Location: Portland Media: Photographic Print

Item 27869

U.S. Treasury Department letter to the Bath Collector of Customs, 1884

Contributed by: Patten Free Library Date: 1790 - 1884 Location: Bath Media: Ink on paper

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Item 36237

Customs office, Lubec, 1963

Contributed by: Lubec Historical Society Date: 1963 Location: Lubec Media: Photographic print

Tax Records

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Item 86343

Fish House, Custom House Wharf, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Proprietors of Custom House Wharf Use: Fish House

Item 86345

Freight House, Custom House Wharf, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Proprietors of Custom House Wharf Use: Freight House

Item 86341

39 Custom House Wharf, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Proprietors of Custom House Wharf Use: Garage

Exhibits

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Port of Portland's Custom House and Collectors of Customs

The collector of Portland was the key to federal patronage in Maine, though other ports and towns had collectors. Through the 19th century, the revenue was the major source of Federal Government income. As in Colonial times, the person appointed to head the custom House in Casco Bay was almost always a leading community figure, or a well-connected political personage.

Exhibit

Portland Hotels

Since the establishment of the area's first licensed hotel in 1681, Portland has had a dramatic, grand and boisterous hotel tradition. The Portland hotel industry has in many ways reflected the growth and development of the city itself. As Portland grew with greater numbers of people moving through the city or calling it home, the hotel business expanded to fit the increasing demand.

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Anshe Sfard, Portland's Early Chassidic Congregation

Chassidic Jews who came to Portland from Eastern Europe formed a congregation in the late 19th century and, in 1917, built a synagogue -- Anshe Sfard -- on Cumberland Avenue in Portland. By the early 1960s, the congregation was largely gone. The building was demolished in 1983.

Site Pages

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Bath's Historic Downtown - The Customs House

… last year that the Customs Collector was in the Customs House. Govenor William KingItem Contributed byPatten Free Library Many people…

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Bath's Historic Downtown - Entertainment- Alameda and Opera House

The Bath Opera House had a raging fire. The inside of the Opera House was wood, while the outside was brick.

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Bath's Historic Downtown - The Sagadahock House and The Sagadahoc Block

… from the Patten Free Library Sagadahock House, Bath, 1894Item Contributed byPatten Free Library The Sagadahock House was built in 1849; this…

My Maine Stories

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Story

The only letter to survive World War II
by Cyrene Slegona

Only one of many letters my father sent to his wife remained after he came home from World War II.