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Historical Items

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Item 81550

Portland Water District Casco Street Office, ca. 1964

Contributed by: Portland Water District Date: circa 1964 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 26149

Business district, Bar Harbor, ca. 1960

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1960 Location: Bar Harbor Media: Photograph on postcard

Item 82281

Portland Water District Kennebec Street Garage, 1919

Contributed by: Portland Water District Date: 1919 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Tax Records

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Item 59843

183-201 Kennebec Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Portland Water District Use: Office & Shop


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Portland Hotels

Since the establishment of the area's first licensed hotel in 1681, Portland has had a dramatic, grand and boisterous hotel tradition. The Portland hotel industry has in many ways reflected the growth and development of the city itself. As Portland grew with greater numbers of people moving through the city or calling it home, the hotel business expanded to fit the increasing demand.


A Tour of Sanford in 1900

This collection of images portrays many buildings in Sanford and Springvale. The images were taken around the turn of the twentieth century.


"We are growing to be somewhat cosmopolitan..." Waterville, 1911

Between 1870 and 1911, Waterville more than doubled in size, becoming a center of manufacturing, transportation, and the retail trade and offering a variety of entertainments for its residents.

Site Pages

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Thomaston: The Town that Went to Sea - Thomaston Business District - 1857 to 1880

Thomaston Business District - 1857 to 1880 North side of Main Street Business Block, Looking west to east, Thomaston, Maine 2008Item…

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Portland Water District

View collections, facts, and contact information for this Contributing Partner.

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Maine's Road to Statehood - Overview: Road to Statehood

Before it achieved statehood, the District of Maine was a territory of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

My Maine Stories

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Monument Square 1967
by C. Michael Lewis

The background story and research behind a commissioned painting of Monument Square.


Harold's Garage, Rome Hollow, Maine
by Mimi C

Story about Harold Hawes, owner of Harold's garage and self-styled auctioneer in Rome Hollow, Maine


History of Forest Gardens
by Gary Libby

This is a history of one of Portland's oldest local bars

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Becoming Maine: The District of Maine's Coastal Economy

Grade Level: 3-5 Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson plan will introduce students to the maritime economy of Maine prior to statehood and to the Coasting Law that impacted the separation debate. Students will examine primary documents, take part in an activity that will put the Coasting Law in the context of late 18th century – early 19th century New England, and learn about how the Embargo Act of 1807 affected Maine in the decades leading to statehood.