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Historical Items

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Item 20576

Construction site, Brunswick, ca. 1890

Contributed by: Pejepscot History Center Date: circa 1890 Location: Brunswick Media: Photographic print

Item 22558

Construction of St. Andre's church, Biddeford, 1909-1910

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: circa 1909 Location: Biddeford Media: Photographic print

Item 15869

Construction of the New Dam at Estes Lake, Sanford, ca. 1905

Contributed by: Sanford-Springvale Historical Society Date: circa 1905 Location: Sanford Media: Print from Glass Negative

Tax Records

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Item 57500

55 Hanover Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Brown & Thorne Construction Company Use: Dwelling - Three Family

Item 57507

Assessor's Record, 51-55 Hanover Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Brown & Thorne Construction Company Use: Storage

Item 57511

Assessor's Record, 51-55 Hanover Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Brown & Thorne Construction Company Use: Garage

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 148967

Home for Messrs. Colby and Armstrong, Lewiston, ca. 1893

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1891 Location: Lewiston Clients: Harry Colby; Martha Colby Architect: Elmer I. Thomas

Item 148710

House for Mr. D.S. Waite, Lewiston, 1901

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1901 Location: Lewiston Client: David S. Waite Architect: Coombs & Gibbs

Item 148734

House for Mr. E.A. Whittier, Lewiston, 1907

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1907 Location: Lewiston Client: Evindar A. Whittier Architect: Coombs & Gibbs

Online Exhibits

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Powering Pejepscot Paper Co.

In 1893, F.C. Whitehouse of Topsham, who owned paper mills in Topsham and Lisbon Falls, began construction of a third mill on the eastern banks of the Androscoggin River five miles north of Topsham. First, he had to build a dam to harness the river's power.


The Waldo-Hancock Bridge

The Waldo-Hancock Bridge is in the process of being dismantled after over 70 years of service. The Maine State Archives has a number of records related to the history of this famous bridge that are presented in this exhibition.


KVVTI's Gilman Street Campus, 1978-1986

The Gilman Street building began its life in 1913 as Waterville High School, but served from 1978 to 1986 as the campus of Kennebec Valley Vocational Technical Institute. The building helped the school create a sense of community and an identity.

Site Pages

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - They Should Have Constructed Their Buildings On Wheels

"They Should Have Constructed Their Buildings On Wheels Land and Natural Resource Use and Development Patterns of the Savage Family in Northeast…"

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Architecture & Landscape database - Project Background and Partners

"… support from SMRT Architects, Wright-Ryan Construction, as well as Consigli Construction, CWS Architects, East Brown Cow, The Knickerbocker Group…"

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Architecture & Landscape database - Database Overview

"… corporate sponsors SMRT Architects, Wright-Ryan Construction, as well as Consigli Construction, CWS Architects, East Brown Cow, The Knickerbocker…"

My Maine Stories

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A Story in a Stick
by Jim Moulton

A story about dowsing for a well in Bowdoin


Lift the Boats for Everybody
by Andrea Cianchette Maker

The story of her immigrant great grandfather and her nonprofit organization Focus Maine.


Behind the scenes of the Mercy expansion
by Sister Ellen Turner

Sister Ellen Turner talked about behind the scenes planning of Mercy's Expansion

Lesson Plans

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Portland History: Construction, Preservation and Restoration of the Portland Observatory

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8 Content Area: Science & Engineering, Social Studies
Included here are activities based in economics, mathematics, physics, social studies, civics and language arts. Students can debate the issues surrounding preservation and urban development as well as the changing value of money.

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Maine's Beneficial Bugs: Insect Sculpture Upcycle/ Recycle S.T.E.A.M Challenge

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8 Content Area: Science & Engineering, Visual & Performing Arts
In honor of Earth Day (or any day), Students use recycled, reused, and upcycled materials to create a sculpture of a beneficial insect that lives in the state of Maine. Students use the Engineer Design Process to develop their ideas. Students use the elements and principles to analyze their prototypes and utilize interpersonal skills during peer feedback protocol to accept and give constructive feedback.

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Longfellow Studies: Longfellow's "The Village Blacksmith" and "Whitman's Song of Myself" - Alternative Constructions of the American Worker

Grade Level: 9-12 Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies
Most if not all of us have or will need to work in the American marketplace for at least six decades of our lives. There's a saying that I remember a superintendent telling a group of graduating high-school seniors: remember, when you are on your deathbed, you will not be saying that you wish you had spent more time "at the office." But Americans do spend a lot more time working each year than nearly any other people on the planet. By the end of our careers, many of us will have spent more time with our co-workers than with our families. Already in the 21st century, much has been written about the "Wal-Martization" of the American workplace, about how, despite rocketing profits, corporations such as Wal-Mart overwork and underpay their employees, how workers' wages have remained stagnant since the 1970s, while the costs of college education and health insurance have risen out of reach for many citizens. It's become a cliché to say that the gap between the "haves" and the "have nots" is widening to an alarming degree. In his book Wealth and Democracy, Kevin Phillips says we are dangerously close to becoming a plutocracy in which one dollar equals one vote. Such clashes between employers and employees, and between our rhetoric of equality of opportunity and the reality of our working lives, are not new in America. With the onset of the industrial revolution in the first half of the nineteenth century, many workers were displaced from their traditional means of employment, as the country shifted from a farm-based, agrarian economy toward an urban, manufacturing-centered one. In cities such as New York, groups of "workingmen" (early manifestations of unions) protested, sometimes violently, unsatisfactory labor conditions. Labor unions remain a controversial political presence in America today. Longfellow and Whitman both wrote with sympathy about the American worker, although their respective portraits are strikingly different, and worth juxtaposing. Longfellow's poem "The Village Blacksmith" is one of his most famous and beloved visions: in this poem, one blacksmith epitomizes characteristics and values which many of Longfellow's readers, then and now, revere as "American" traits. Whitman's canto (a section of a long poem) 15 from "Song of Myself," however, presents many different "identities" of the American worker, representing the entire social spectrum, from the crew of a fish smack to the president (I must add that Whitman's entire "Song of Myself" is actually 52 cantos in length). I do not pretend to offer these single texts as all-encompassing of the respective poets' ideas about workers, but these poems offer a starting place for comparison and contrast. We know that Longfellow was the most popular American poet of the nineteenth century, just as we know that Whitman came to be one of the most controversial. Read more widely in the work of both poets and decide for yourselves which poet speaks to you more meaningfully and why.