Exhibits

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.

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Begin Again: reckoning with intolerance in Maine

BEGIN AGAIN explores Maine's historic role, going back 528 years, in crisis that brought about the pandemic, social and economic inequities, and the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020. Read on.

Swami Ramanathan, Myron Phelps and Countess Canavarro at Green Acre, Eliot, ca. 1900

Swami Ramanathan, Myron Phelps and Countess Canavarro at Green Acre, Eliot, ca. 1900

The Advent of Green Acre, A Baha'i Center of Learning

The Green Acre Baha'i School began as Green Acre Conferences, established by Sarah Jane Farmer in Eliot. She later became part of the Baha'i Faith and hosted speakers and programs that promoted peace. In 1912, the leader of the Baha'i Faith, 'Abdu'l-Baha, visited Green Acre, where hundreds saw him speak. Read on.

Painting of Mont Saint Michel, ca. 1945

Painting of Mont Saint Michel, ca. 1945

Passing the Time: Artwork by World War II German POWs

In 1944, the US Government established Camp Houlton, a prisoner of war (POW) internment camp for captured German soldiers during World War II. Many of the prisoners worked on local farms planting and harvesting potatoes. Some created artwork and handicrafts they sold or gave to camp guards. Camp Houlton processed and held about 3500 prisoners and operated until May 1946. Read on.

Riverside Hotel, at Popham Beach, Phippsburg, ca. 1910

Riverside Hotel, at Popham Beach, Phippsburg, ca. 1910

Sagadahoc County through the Eastern Eye

The Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company of Belfast, Maine. employed photographers who traveled by company vehicle through New England each summer, taking pictures of towns and cities, vacation spots and tourist attractions, working waterfronts and local industries, and other subjects postcard recipients might enjoy. The cards were printed by the millions in Belfast into the 1940s. Read on.

Focus On...

Historic Clothing Collection

Leavitt family coat-dress, Eastport, ca. 1830

An interpretive introduction and overview of Maine Historical Society's historic dress collection from approximately 1775 to 1980. Featuring over 220 items from the collection, the site includes narratives, chronological groupings documenting trend and style, and themed image galleries highlighting special topics. The overview provides a contextualized history of fashion interpreted and illustrated through items held in the MHS Collection. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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