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Item 15416

Cache of liquor, Portland, 1920

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: circa 1920 Location: Portland Media: Glass Negative

Item 105045

King Charles I English Unite coin, Richmond Island, 1625

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1625 Location: Richmond Island Media: Silver

Item 105048

Queen Elizabeth I English three halfpence coin, Richmond Island, ca. 1560

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1560 Location: Richmond Island


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Prohibition in Maine in the 1920s

Federal Prohibition took hold of America in 1920 with the passing of the Volstead Act that banned the sale and consumption of all alcohol in the US. However, Maine had the Temperance movement long before anyone was prohibited from taking part in one of America's most popular past times. Starting in 1851, the struggles between the "drys" and the "wets" of Maine lasted for 82 years, a period of time that was everything but dry and rife with nothing but illegal activity.


Bowdoin College Scientific Expedition to Labrador

"The Bowdoin Boys" -- some students and recent graduates -- traveled to Labrador in 1891 to collect artifacts, specimens, and to try to find Grand Falls, a waterfall deep in Labrador's interior.

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Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center

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Life on a Tidal River - Narrative

Coastal ships carried this cache to eastern coastal cities for distribution across America. Bangor's river location defined its character; the lumber…