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Historical Items

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Item 104406

Congress Street, Portland, 1921

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: 1921 Location: Portland Media: Glass Negative

Item 111783

Maine Charitable Mechanic Association and Congress Street, Portland, ca. 1890

Contributed by: Mechanics' Hall Date: circa 1890 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 148447

Congress Street and the upper H.H. Hay building, Portland, ca. 1920

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1920 Location: Portland Media: Lantern slide

Tax Records

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Item 39016

655-661 Congress Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: The Fraternity Co. Use: Dwelling - Apartments & Stores

Item 38961

589 Congress Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Devisees of George C. Shaw Co. Use: Store & Bakery

Item 38984

626-632 Congress Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Consolidated Industries, Inc. Use: Stores

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 110023

J.P. Baxter Block, Congress Building, Portland, 1908

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1908 Location: Portland; Portland Client: James P. Baxter Architect: Frederick A. Tompson

Item 109976

Three-flat house for Dr. F.O. Cobb, 851 Congress Street, Portland, ca. 1900

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1900 Location: Portland Client: F. O. Cobb Architect: Frederick A. Tompson

Item 110025

Building at 659 Congress Street for James P. Baxter, Portland, ca. 1907

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1907 Location: Portland Client: James P. Baxter Architect: Frederick A. Tompson

Online Exhibits

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History in Motion: The Era of the Electric Railways

Street railways, whether horse-drawn or electric, required the building of trestles and tracks. The new form of transportation aided industry, workers, vacationers, and other travelers.


MHS in Pictures: exploring our first 200 years

Two years after separating from Massachusetts, Maine leaders—many who were part of the push for statehood—also separated from Massachusetts Historical Society, creating the Maine Historical Society in 1822. The legislation signed on February 5, 1822 positioned MHS as the third-oldest state dedicated historical organization in the nation. The exhibition features MHS's five locations over the institution's two centuries, alongside images of leaders who have steered the organization through pivotal times.


Maine Medical Center, Bramhall Campus

Maine Medical Center, founded as Maine General Hospital, has dominated Portland’s West End since its construction in 1871 on Bramhall Hill. As the medical field grew in both technological and social practice, the facility of the hospital also changed. This exhibit tracks the expansion and additions to that original building as the hospital adapted to its patients’ needs.

Site Pages

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Portland Press Herald Glass Negative Collection - "Man on the Street"

""Man on the Street" Street scene, Monument Square, Portland, ca. 1924Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media The Portland Evening Express…"

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Cumberland & North Yarmouth - "Main Streets" of North Yarmouth and Cumberland

"In 1807 the Embargo Act was passed by Congress, forbidding all international trade to and from American ports; with this, President Thomas Jefferson…"

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Bath's Historic Downtown - History Overview

"Throughout the nineteenth century, as the lowest of these areas were filled in and Commercial Street was added to the east of Front Street, the…"

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.


Portland in the 1940s
by Carol Norton Hall

As a young woman in Portland during WWII, the presence of servicemen was life changing.


An enjoyable conference, Portland 2021
by John C. Decker, Danville, Pennsylvania

Some snippets from a 4-day conference by transportation historians in Portland, September 7-11, 2021

Lesson Plans

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Portland History: "My Lost Youth" - Longfellow's Portland, Then and Now

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12 Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow loved his boyhood home of Portland, Maine. Born on Fore Street, the family moved to his maternal grandparents' home on Congress Street when Henry was eight months old. While he would go on to Bowdoin College and travel extensively abroad, ultimately living most of his adult years in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he never forgot his beloved Portland. Years after his childhood, in 1855, he wrote "My Lost Youth" about his undiminished love for and memories of growing up in Portland. This exhibit, using the poem as its focus, will present the Portland of Longfellow's boyhood. In many cases the old photos will be followed by contemporary images of what that site looked like 2004. Following the exhibit of 68 slides are five suggested lessons that can be adapted for any grade level, 3–12.