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Historical Items

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Item 103643

Family portrait, ca. 1862

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1862 Media: Ambrotype

Item 18526

Sailor, family dog, Wood Island Lighthouse, ca. 1903

Contributed by: Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse Date: circa 1903 Location: Biddeford Media: Photographic print

Item 101496

Cella's Club Orchestra, Biddeford, 1929

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: 1929 Location: Sanford Media: Glass Negative


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Farm-yard Frames

Throughout New England, barns attached to houses are fairly common. Why were the buildings connected? What did farmers or families gain by doing this? The phenomenon was captured in the words of a children's song, "Big house, little house, back house, barn," (Thomas C. Hubka <em>Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn, the Connected Farm Buildings of New England,</em> University Press of New England, 1984.)


Poland Spring: Summering in Fashion

During the Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century, Americans sought to leave increasing urban, industrialized lives for the health and relaxation of the country. The Poland Spring resort, which offered a beautiful setting, healing waters, and many amenities, was one popular destination.


War Through the Eyes of a Young Sailor

Eager to deal with the "Sesech" [Secessionists], young deepwater sailor John Monroe Dillingham of Freeport enlisted in the U.S. Navy as soon as he returned from a long voyage in 1862. His letters and those of his family offer first-hand insight into how one individual viewed the war.

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Lincoln, Maine - The Stanislaus Family

… choices about what the tribe would do and made big decisions. Works Cited “The Stanislaus Family.” Various articles.

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Harbor Cottage, The Old Ell (“Mame’s House”), and the Big Barn

These families were by necessity forced to be close-knit and rely on each other at work and at play.

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Maine's Swedish Colony, July 23, 1870 - Landeen Family History

… gentle giant; he got that name because he was so big and strong, but he loved kids and he never got in a fight.

My Maine Stories

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Apple Time - a visit to the ancestral farm
by Randy Randall

Memories from childhood of visiting the family homestead in Limington during apple picking time.


The Village Cafe - A Place We Called Home
by Michael Fixaris

The Village Cafe was more than a restaurant. It was an extension of our homes and our families.


A Lifelong Romance with Retail
by George A Smith

Maine's once plentiful small retail stores.