Maine Memory Network is featuring these online exhibits. You also can view all of the site's exhibits, view a timeline of selected events in Maine History, and learn how to create your own exhibit.

Maine Medical Center, Portland, 2008

Maine Medical Center, Portland, 2008

Maine Medical Center, Bramhall Campus

Maine Medical Center, founded as Maine General Hospital, has dominated Portland’s West End since its construction in 1871 on Bramhall Hill. As the medical field grew in both technological and social practice, the facility of the hospital also changed. This exhibit tracks the expansion and additions to that original building as the hospital adapted to its patients’ needs. Read on.

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State of Mind: Becoming Maine

The history of the region now known as Maine did not begin at statehood in 1820. What was Maine before it was a state? How did Maine separate from Massachusetts? How has the Maine we experience today been shaped by thousands of years of history? Read on.

Mary Mitchell Selmore, Pleasant Point, 1901

Mary Mitchell Selmore, Pleasant Point, 1901

Holding up the Sky: Wabanaki people, culture, history, and art

Learn about Native diplomacy and obligation by exploring 13,000 years of Wabanaki residence in Maine through 17th century treaties, historic items, and contemporary artworks—from ash baskets to high fashion. Wabanaki voices contextualize present-day relevance and repercussions of 400 years of shared histories between Wabanakis and settlers to their region. Read on.

Business and Professional Women at Grand Trunk station, Portland, 1925

Business and Professional Women at Grand Trunk station, Portland, 1925

Power of Potential

The National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs (NFBPWC) held their seventh annual convention in Portland during July 12 to July 18, 1925. Over 2,000 working women from around the country visited the city. Read on.

Verlie Colby, Westport, ca. 1909

Verlie Colby, Westport, ca. 1909

MY ISLAND HOME: Verlie Colby Greenleaf of Westport Island

Verlie Greenleaf (1891-1992) bore witness to over a century of Westport Island's history. Many changes occurred during Verlie's 100-year life. Verlie Greenleaf donated photographs, personal notes, and sat for an interview in 1987, all part of the Westport Island History Committee's collection. Her words frame this exhibition, providing a first-person account of her life. Read on.

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Mercy Hospital

Frances Tryon, Portland, 1946

The Story of Mercy Hospital began in the fall of 1918, with one of the greatest health crisis in the city's history, the pandemic known as the Spanish Influenza. This emergency, along with limited proper hospital facilities in the Portland area, prompted Bishop Walsh to enlist the help of the Sisters of Mercy. This relationship launched Mercy Hospital's commitment to the greater Portland community, through compassionate and high-quality healthcare. Read on.

Early Maine Photography

Lucretia Day Sewall and children, Portland, ca. 1849

Maine Historical Society (MHS) has collected photographs since the emergence of photography in the 1840s, and maintains one of the largest and most significant collections of early Maine-related photographs in existence. MHS’ early photography collection offers extensive insight into the history of the state of Maine, as well as to the development of photography as a technology, discipline, art, occupation, cultural phenomenon, and language. Read on.

Maine's Road to Statehood

 William King, Bath,  ca. 1806

While the Missouri Compromise brought Maine into the Union as a free state in 1820, Maine's push for separation from Massachusetts did not begin in 1820, nor was it simply dictated by Congress. Since the founding of the United States, a consistent and longstanding local fight for independence had been underway and was steered by savvy leaders, mercantile pursuits, boundary fights and much more. Read on.

Portland Press Herald Glass Negative Collection

Teenage boy and model airplane, ca. 1935

Gannett Publishing Co. became well-known nationally for their broad and extensive use of photography in their publications, which included the "Portland Press Herald" and Portland "Evening Express." Photography and photo journalism became a major focus for Guy Gannett, and would become one of the defining characteristics of his newspapers, especially the "Evening Express." His photographers worked under the auspices of Gannett’s “Maine first” strategy, taking photos of everything relating to life in Maine. The Portland Press Herald Glass Negative Collection at Maine Historical Society includes over 19,000 images, highlighting themes and topics from the first half of the twentieth century. Read on.

John Martin: Expert Observer

John Martin in Spanish cloak, Bangor, 1846

John Martin (1823-1904) of Bangor began in 1864 looking back at his life, family, business and recreational experiences and recording those events and thoughts -- with narrative and illustrations -- for his children. Martin called himself an "expert accountant," but he was interested in architecture, dance, fashion, gardening, politics, business, religion, and the world around him. Read on.

Home: The Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Portland

Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Store, 1882

When Peleg Wadsworth built his house in 1785, what is now Congress Street in Portland was on the rural outskirts of the community known as Falmouth. The house passed on to other family members and Portland changed around what remained a family home until 1901, when it became a historic house museum. Read on.

Maine and the Civil War

Sgt. Nelson W. Jones, 3rd Maine Infantry, ca. 1862

Maine's participation in the Civil War is legendary: heroes and heroines, a huge per capita participation rate, nurses, and homefront activities, as well as post-war remembrances. These pages pull together resources from Maine Memory Network and Maine History Online that explore and illuminate aspects of Maine and the Civil War. Read on.

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