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Historical Items

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Item 14635

American LaFrance engine, Brewer, 1947

Contributed by: Hose 5 Fire Museum Date: 1947 Location: Bangor Media: Metal and Rubber

Item 9362

1947 Mack pumper

Contributed by: Presque Isle Fire Department Date: 1947 Location: Presque Isle Media: Photoprint

Item 14449

Belmont Hotel after the Fire of 1947

Contributed by: Bar Harbor Historical Society Date: 1947-10-23 Location: Bar Harbor Media: Postcard

Online Exhibits

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The Kotzschmar Memorial Organ

A fire and two men whose lives were entwined for more than 50 years resulted in what is now considered to be "the Jewel of Portland" -- the Austin organ that was given to the city of Portland in 1912.


Civil Defense: Fear and Safety

In the 1950s and the 1960s, Maine's Civil Defense effort focused on preparedness for hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters and a more global concern, nuclear war. Civil Defense materials urged awareness, along with measures like storing food and other staple items and preparing underground or other shelters.


Fallen Heroes: Last of the Jewish WWII Veterans

Listen to recordings from the last of the World War II Jewish veterans.

Site Pages

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - MDI and the Fire of 1947

MDI and the Fire of 1947 Belmont Hotel after the Fire of 1947Item Contributed byBar Harbor Historical Society The Fire of 1947 wiped out…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Depression, War, and Fire

On Friday, October 17, 1947, after a dangerously dry summer, a fire broke out in a cranberry bog outside Hulls Cove.

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Life on a Tidal River - Post Office Square, State and Harlow Streets, Bangor, ca. 1949

Bill’s Café, originally known as Bill’s Tavern in 1947 was located in this block. However the name was changed between 1948 and 1949.

My Maine Stories

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Bob "Coach" Cote: Highlights from life of a Biddeford legend
by Bob "Coach" Cote

Bob talks about growing up in Biddeford, sports, the fire of 1947, and closing of St. Louis High.


Geraldine Litalien: painting a picture of life in Biddeford
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center

Impact on everyday life from events occurring from the late 1920s through 2018


Lionel "Toots" Bouthot: A life filled with music
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center

From the age of 5, a lifetime of contributing to the musical fabric of Biddeford.