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.
Learn about Native diplomacy and obligation by exploring 13,000 years of Wabanaki residence in Maine through 17th century treaties, historic items, and contemporary artworksâfrom 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.
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 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.
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.
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. MHSâ 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.
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.
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 Gannettâs âMaine firstâ 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 (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.
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'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.