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Historical Items

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Item 100283

Anshe Sfard synagogue being demolished, Portland, 1983

Contributed by: Abraham Schechter through Maine Historical Society Date: 1983-08-08 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 100341

Boarded-up buildings, Portland, 1966

Contributed by: Maine Department of Transportation Date: 1966 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 81708

Hancock Street building, Bangor, ca. 1976

Contributed by: Raymond H. Fogler Library Date: circa 1976 Location: Bangor Media: Photographic print

Exhibits

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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.

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Civil War Soldiers Impact Pittsfield

Although not everyone in town supported the war effort, more than 200 Pittsfield men served in Civil War regiments. Several reminders of their service remain in the town.

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400 years of New Mainers

Immigration is one of the most debated topics of debate in Maine. Controversy aside, immigration is also America's oldest tradition, and along with religious tolerance, what our nation was built upon. Since the first people--the Wabanaki--permitted Europeans to settle in the land now known as Maine, we have been a state of immigrants.

Site Pages

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Historic Hallowell - Important Buildings and Institutions

In the 1960s an urban renewal proposal and a highway construction plan threatened to demolish many historic buildings in the downtown area.

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Historic Hallowell - History Celebrated, Threatened and Preserved

Neither fire nor flood nor urban renewal have altered significantly this remarkable grouping that developed at the riverfront during Hallowell’s…

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - VIII. Changing course and new beginnings (1955-Present) - Page 2 of 2

… last 15 years or so to create a sense of hope and renewal in this plucky city. More development has taken place in the industrial and shopping…

My Maine Stories

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A Lifelong Romance with Retail
by George A Smith

Maine's once plentiful small retail stores.