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Contributed by: Dyer Library Archives / Saco Museum
Date: circa 1900
Media: Photograph, glass negative
Contributed by: Lovell Historical Society
Date: circa 1939
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The Sanitary Commission, formed soon after the Civil War began in the spring of 1861, dealt with the health, relief needs, and morale of soldiers and their families. The Maine Agency helped families and soldiers with everything from furloughs to getting new socks.
Urban renewal, a post World War II impulse to clean up "slums" and other blights in urban areas, led both to renewed economic activities in some cities and towns in Maine and the loss of a number of grand buildings. The loss of the structures helped prompt historic preservation efforts in the state.
Through a chance meeting, Harry Lyon of Paris Hill became the navigator on the 1928 flight of the Southern Cross, the first trans-Pacific flight. His skill as a navigator, despite his lack of experience, was a key factor on the flight's success.