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Historical Items

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Item 104309

"Strathglass Building," Rumford Falls, 1912

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1910 Location: Rumford Media: Postcard

Item 27861

Haley bill for Church Block, Bath, 1886

Contributed by: Patten Free Library Date: 1886-04-07 Location: Bath Media: Ink on paper

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Item 27874

West side of Front Street, Bath, ca. 1910

Contributed by: Patten Free Library Date: circa 1910 Location: Bath; Bath Media: Photographic print

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 116434

Hannaford Brothers Warehouse, Portland, 1919-1920

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1919–1920 Location: Portland Client: Hannaford Brothers Company Architect: John Calvin Stevens and John Howard Stevens Architects

Item 109538

Commercial Block for G.M. Coombs, Auburn, 1891

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1891 Location: Auburn Client: George M. Coombs Architect: George M. Coombs

Item 111800

Richardson Wharf Company alterations, Portland, 1922

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1922 Location: Portland Client: Richardson Wharf Co. Architect: John Calvin Stevens and John Howard Stevens Architects

Online Exhibits

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The Life and Legacy of the George Tate Family

Captain George Tate, mast agent for the King of England from 1751 to the Revolutionary War, and his descendants helped shape the development of Portland (first known as Falmouth) through activities such as commerce, shipping, and real estate.


A Snapshot of Portland, 1924: The Taxman Cometh

In 1924, with Portland was on the verge of profound changes, the Tax Assessors Office undertook a project to document every building in the city -- with photographs and detailed information that provide a unique view into Portland's architecture, neighborhoods, industries, and businesses.


From Sewers to Skylines: William S. Edwards's 1887 Photo Album

William S. Edwards (1830-1918) was a civil engineer who worked for the City of Portland from 1876-1906. Serving as First Assistant to Chief Engineer William A. Goodwin, then to Commissioner George N. Fernald, Edwards was a fixture in City Hall for 30 consecutive years, proving indispensable throughout the terms of 15 Mayors of Portland, including all six of those held by James Phineas Baxter. Edwards made significant contributions to Portland, was an outstanding mapmaker and planner, and his works continue to benefit historians.

Site Pages

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Architecture & Landscape database - John Calvin Stevens

"… 1889 book “Examples of American Domestic Architecture.” John Calvin Stevens is one of the best documented figures in Maine architectural history…"

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Architecture & Landscape database - Eaton W. Tarbell

"… included homes, schools, churches, and public, commercial, and industrial buildings. Much of the firm’s work was concentrated in the Bangor area as…"

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Architecture & Landscape database - John P. Thomas

"… who favored the Georgian Revival style for commercial buildings such as the United States Trust Company Bank in Fryeburg (1922), the Fidelity Trust…"

My Maine Stories

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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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Longfellow Studies: "The Jewish Cemetery at Newport"

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12 Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies
Longfellow's poem "The Jewish Cemetery at Newport" opens up the issue of the earliest history of the Jews in America, and the significant roles they played as businessmen and later benefactors to the greater community. The history of the building itself is notable in terms of early American architecture, its having been designed, apparently gratis, by the most noted architect of the day. Furthermore, the poem traces the history of Newport as kind of a microcosm of New England commercial cities before the industrialization boom. For almost any age student the poem could be used to open up interest in local cemeteries, which are almost always a wealth of curiousities and history. Longfellow and his friends enjoyed exploring cemeteries, and today our little local cemeteries can be used to teach little local histories and parts of the big picture as well. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow visited the Jewish cemetery in Newport, RI on July 9, 1852. His popular poem about the site, published two years later, was certainly a sympathetic portrayal of the place and its people. In addition to Victorian romantic musings about the "Hebrews in their graves," Longfellow includes in this poem references to the historic persecution of the Jews, as well as very specific references to their religious practices. Since the cemetery and the nearby synagogue were restored and protected with an infusion of funding just a couple years after Longfellow's visit, and later a congregation again assembled, his gloomy predictions about the place proved false (never mind the conclusion of the poem, "And the dead nations never rise again!"). Nevertheless, it is a fascinating poem, and an interesting window into the history of the nation's oldest extant synagogue.