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Historical Items

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Item 66527

St. Martha's Catholic Church, Kennebunkport, ca. 1938

Contributed by: Boston Public Library Date: circa 1938 Location: Kennebunkport Media: Linen texture postcard

Item 82174

St. Mary's Catholic Church and School, Westbrook, ca. 1930

Contributed by: Walker Memorial Library Date: circa 1930 Location: Westbrook Media: Postcard

Item 21988

Edward Kavanagh, Damariscotta, 1843

Contributed by: Maine State Archives Date: 1843 Location: Damariscotta Media: Carte de visite

Tax Records

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Architecture & Landscape

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Item 109748

Roman Catholic Church for Rev. Father Bradley, Lisbon, 1899-1922

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1899–1922 Location: Lisbon; Lisbon Client: Roman Catholic Church of Lisbon Architect: Harry S. Coombs; Coombs, Gibbs and Wilkinson Architects

Item 109583

Sketch of proposed building for French Catholic Society, Lewiston, 1881-1886

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1881–1886 Location: Lewiston; Lewiston Clients: Dominican Fathers; French Catholic Society Architect: George M. Coombs; Coombs Bros. Architects

Item 109893

School for St. Joseph Parish, Lewiston, 1934

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1934 Location: Lewiston Client: Catholic Church Architect: Edw. T. Graham

Online Exhibits

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Father John Bapst: Catholicism's Defender and Promoter

Father John Bapst, a Jesuit, knew little of America or Maine when he arrived in Old Town in 1853 from Switzerland. He built churches and defended Roman Catholics against Know-Nothing activists, who tarred and feathered the priest in Ellsworth in 1854.


La Basilique Lewiston

Like many cities in France, Lewiston and Auburn's skylines are dominated by a cathedral-like structure, St. Peter and Paul Church. Now designated a basilica by the Vatican, it stands as a symbol of French Catholic contributions to the State of Maine.


John Bapst High School

John Bapst High School was dedicated in September 1928 to meet the expanding needs of Roman Catholic education in the Bangor area. The co-educational school operated until 1980, when the diocese closed it due to decreasing enrollment. Since then, it has been a private school known as John Bapst Memorial High School.

Site Pages

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Lincoln, Maine - Catholic Church

The Catholic Church is located on the west side of Main Street, so the reason he bought his house on Ballard Hill was so that he could be within…

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Franco-American Heritage Center at St. Mary's

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

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Mercy Hospital - People of Mercy - Page 2 of 2

… the spiritual care of patients—Catholic and non-Catholic.” Sister Mary Michael approached her duties that, while grounded in her Catholic faith…

My Maine Stories

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A tour of unique features at St. Andre's Catholic Church
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center

A tour of unique features at St. Andre's Catholic Church


Father Renald Labarre: the life of a Catholic priest
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center

A Biddeford native provides insights on his Franco-American roots and life as a Catholic priest.


Michael Reilly: preserving an iconic family business
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center

The story behind Reilly's Bakery, at the heart of Biddeford’s Main Street for 100+ years

Lesson Plans

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Maine's Acadian Community: "Evangeline," Le Grand Dérangement, and Cultural Survival

Grade Level: 9-12 Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies
This lesson plan will introduce students to the history of the forced expulsion of thousands of people from Acadia, the Romantic look back at the tragedy in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's famous epic poem Evangeline and the heroine's adoption as an Acadian cultural figure, and Maine's Acadian community today, along with their relations with Acadian New Brunswick and Nova Scotia residents and others in the Acadian Diaspora. Students will read and discuss primary documents, compare and contrast Le Grand Dérangement to other forced expulsions in Maine history and discuss the significance of cultural survival amidst hardships brought on by treaties, wars, and legislation.