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Interdenominational church service, Portland, ca. 1954

Contributed by National Archives at Boston

Many of the attendees at the interdenominational church service at the Eastland Hotel in Portland are wearing Civil Defense insignias.

The Maine Civil Defense Religious Affairs Committee organized the service that was also broadcast by First Radio Parish of Maine.

Bruce Wright, head of the public relations division of Maine Civil Defense, headed the committee that included Father Jim Gower, the Rev. Elmer Bentley, Elder Voorhees and Rabbi David Berent, among others.

Jewish, Catholic, and several Protestant denominations were represented at the service.

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  • Title: Interdenominational church service, Portland, ca. 1954
  • Creator: Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization.
  • Creation Date: circa 1954
  • Subject Date: circa 1954
  • Town: Portland
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Local Code: ARC 824935, 07/06/12
  • Collection: Record Group 304: Records of the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization; Civil Defense Photographs
  • Object Type: Image

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