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Historical Items

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Item 33480

Dude Cowboy advertising at City Theater, Biddeford, 1926

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: 1926 Location: Biddeford Media: Glass Negative

Item 56926

Globe Yiddish Theater, Auburn, 1914

Contributed by: An individual through Colby College Special Collections Date: 1914 Location: Auburn Media: Photograph and ink

Item 101417

Central Theater, Biddeford, 1955

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: 1955 Location: Biddeford Media: Photographic print

Tax Records

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Item 38558

414-424 Congress Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Estate of Michael Lunch Ellen J. O'Neil et als Trustees Use: Seven stores & Theater

Item 63334

205-207 Middle Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Joseph S. Bernstein Use: Print Shop & Store

Online Exhibits

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Exhibit

Le Théâtre

Lewiston, Maine's second largest city, was long looked upon by many as a mill town with grimy smoke stacks, crowded tenements, low-paying jobs, sleazy clubs and little by way of refinement, except for Bates College. Yet, a noted Québec historian, Robert Rumilly, described it as "the French Athens of New England."

Exhibit

A City Awakes: Arts and Artisans of Early 19th Century Portland

Portland's growth from 1786 to 1860 spawned a unique social and cultural environment and fostered artistic opportunity and creative expression in a broad range of the arts, which flowered with the increasing wealth and opportunity in the city.

Exhibit

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.

Site Pages

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Site Page

Presque Isle: The Star City - Braden Theater

It re-opened on Saturday, March 1, 2009. The theater still has three screens. The first movies that played at the re-opened theater were: “There Will…

Site Page

Presque Isle: The Star City - State Street Theater

Less people came to the theater. In the mid 1950s, the owner decided to close the theater. The building was sold to the New England Telephone and…

Site Page

Surry by the Bay - Broadway by the Bay

Playhouse, Surry, ca. 1930Item Contributed bySurry Historical Society Like hundreds of other summer stock theaters popping up in vacation locales of…

My Maine Stories

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Story

Sister Madeleine Couture: Dedicating her life to teaching
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center

The story of a life immersed in family and teaching

Story

Annette Addorio: 100+ years of memories from full life
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center

From 1914 to 2018, highlights from my life in Biddeford

Story

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.

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Building Community/Community Buildings

Grade Level: 6-8 Content Area: Social Studies
Where do people gather? What defines a community? What buildings allow people to congregate to celebrate, learn, debate, vote, and take part in all manner of community activities? Students will evaluate images and primary documents from throughout Maine’s history, and look at some of Maine’s earliest gathering spaces and organizations, and how many communities established themselves around certain types of buildings. Students will make connections between the community buildings of the past and the ways we express identity and create communities today.