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Historical Items

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Item 1148

Probate Courts Proceedings List, 1832

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1832-12-03 Location: York Media: Ink on paper

Item 21653

New tennis courts, South Portland, 1944

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1944-07-24 Location: South Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 36267

Isaac Hodsdon appointment as clerk of courts, Bangor, 1825

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1825-02-15 Media: Ink on paper

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Tax Records

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Item 51745

Assessor's Record, 138-150 Federal Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Cumberland County Court House - Exempt Use: Court House

Item 48956

507 Avon Court, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Harriet B Allen Use: Garage

Item 72046

2 Ryans Court, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Kate D. Whitney Use: Dwelling - Two family

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 109430

Court St. Baptist Church, Auburn, 1888

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1888 Location: Auburn Client: Baptist Church Architect: George M. Coombs

Item 109456

Court House, Bangor, ca. 1888

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1888 Location: Bangor Client: City of Bangor Architect: George M. Coombs

Item 109620

Plans of the Court House, Farmington, 1885

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1885 Location: Farmington Client: Franklin County Architect: George M. Coombs

Online Exhibits

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Commander George Henry Preble

George Henry Preble of Portland, nephew of Edward Preble who was known as the father of the U.S. Navy, temporarily lost his command during the Civil War when he was charged with failing to stop a Confederate ship from getting through the Union blockade at Mobile.


A Soldier's Declaration of Independence

William Bayley of Falmouth (Portland) was a soldier in the Continental Army, seeing service at Ticonderoga, Valley Forge, Monmouth Court House, and Saratoga, among other locations. His letters home to his mother reveal much about the economic hardships experienced by both soldiers and those at home.


Settling along the Androscoggin and Kennebec

The Proprietors of the Township of Brunswick was a land company formed in 1714 and it set out to settle lands along the Androscoggin and Kennebec Rivers in Maine.

Site Pages

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Beyond Borders - Mapping Maine and the Northeast Boundary - Who were the Kennebec and Pejepscot Proprietors? - Page 7 of 7

Fearing that an adverse decision in court would jeopardize their company’s entire claim, the Pejepscot and Kennebec Proprietors preferred to issue…

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Beyond Borders - Mapping Maine and the Northeast Boundary - Biographies: The Pejepscot Proprietors - Page 2 of 2

… as a representative to the Massachusetts General Court for twenty-five years & was a Trustee of Bowdoin College, where his son Josiah attended.

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Beyond Borders - Mapping Maine and the Northeast Boundary - Beyond Borders: an historical overview - Page 5 of 6

… proof, and it could not be adjudicated by courts stacked with the proprietors’ cronies. From the late eighteenth century through Maine statehood in…

My Maine Stories

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The Equal Freedom to Marry
by Mary L Bonauto

Marriage Equality, Maine, and the U.S. Supreme Court


The Village Cafe - A Place We Called Home
by Michael Fixaris

The Village Cafe was more than a restaurant. It was an extension of our homes and our families.

Lesson Plans

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Longfellow Studies: The American Wilderness? How 19th Century American Artists Viewed the Separation Of Civilization and Nature

Grade Level: 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies, Visual & Performing Arts
When European settlers began coming to the wilderness of North America, they did not have a vision that included changing their lifestyle. The plan was to set up self-contained communities where their version of European life could be lived. In the introduction to The Crucible, Arthur Miller even goes as far as saying that the Puritans believed the American forest to be the last stronghold of Satan on this Earth. When Roger Chillingworth shows up in The Scarlet Letter's second chapter, he is welcomed away from life with "the heathen folk" and into "a land where iniquity is searched out, and punished in the sight of rulers and people." In fact, as history's proven, they believed that the continent could be changed to accommodate their interests. Whether their plans were enacted in the name of God, the King, or commerce and economics, the changes always included – and still do to this day - the taming of the geographic, human, and animal environments that were here beforehand. It seems that this has always been an issue that polarizes people. Some believe that the landscape should be left intact as much as possible while others believe that the world will inevitably move on in the name of progress for the benefit of mankind. In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby – a book which many feel is one of the best portrayals of our American reality - the narrator, Nick Carraway, looks upon this progress with cynicism when he ends his narrative by pondering the transformation of "the fresh green breast of a new world" that the initial settlers found on the shores of the continent into a modern society that unsettlingly reminds him of something out of a "night scene by El Greco." Philosophically, the notions of progress, civilization, and scientific advancement are not only entirely subjective, but also rest upon the belief that things are not acceptable as they are. Europeans came here hoping for a better life, and it doesn't seem like we've stopped looking. Again, to quote Fitzgerald, it's the elusive green light and the "orgiastic future" that we've always hoped to find. Our problem has always been our stoic belief system. We cannot seem to find peace in the world either as we've found it or as someone else may have envisioned it. As an example, in Miller's The Crucible, his Judge Danforth says that: "You're either for this court or against this court." He will not allow for alternative perspectives. George W. Bush, in 2002, said that: "You're either for us or against us. There is no middle ground in the war on terror." The frontier -- be it a wilderness of physical, religious, or political nature -- has always frightened Americans. As it's portrayed in the following bits of literature and artwork, the frontier is a doomed place waiting for white, cultured, Europeans to "fix" it. Anything outside of their society is not just different, but unacceptable. The lesson plan included will introduce a few examples of 19th century portrayal of the American forest as a wilderness that people feel needs to be hesitantly looked upon. Fortunately, though, the forest seems to turn no one away. Nature likes all of its creatures, whether or not the favor is returned. While I am not providing actual activities and daily plans, the following information can serve as a rather detailed explanation of things which can combine in any fashion you'd like as a group of lessons.