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Historical Items

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Item 27869

U.S. Treasury Department letter to the Bath Collector of Customs, 1884

Contributed by: Patten Free Library Date: 1790–1884 Location: Bath Media: Ink on paper

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Item 36237

Customs office, Lubec, 1963

Contributed by: Lubec Historical Society Date: 1963 Location: Lubec Media: Photographic print

Item 18161

Canadian Customs, Woodstock, N.B., ca. 1920

Contributed by: Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum Date: circa 1920 Location: Woodstock; Houlton Media: Postcard

Tax Records

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Item 86337

31 Custom House wharf, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Proprietors of Custom House Wharf Use: Welding Shop

Item 86341

39 Custom House Wharf, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Proprietors of Custom House Wharf Use: Garage

Item 86336

5-27 Custom House Wharf, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Proprietors of Custom House Wharf Use: Machine Shop

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 110471

Ackerman residence site plan, Mount Desert, 1993

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1993 Location: Mount Desert Client: Roger Ackerman, Architect: M. B. Ducher; Landscape Design Associates

Item 111601

Burkey/Zembsch residence elevations, South Portland, 2017-2019

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 2017–2019 Location: South Portland Clients: David Burkey; Linda Zembsch Architect: Carol A. Wilson; Carol A. Wilson, Architect

Item 109315

Broad Street Arcade, Bangor, 1974-1984

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1974–1984 Location: Bangor; Bangor Client: unknown Architect: Eaton W. Tarbell

Online Exhibits

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Port of Portland's Custom House and Collectors of Customs

The collector of Portland was the key to federal patronage in Maine, though other ports and towns had collectors. Through the 19th century, the revenue was the major source of Federal Government income. As in Colonial times, the person appointed to head the custom House in Casco Bay was almost always a leading community figure, or a well-connected political personage.


Northern Threads: Mourning Fashions

A themed exhibit vignette within "Northern Threads Part I," featuring 18th and 19th century mourning jewelry and fashions.


Anshe Sfard, Portland's Early Chassidic Congregation

Chassidic Jews who came to Portland from Eastern Europe formed a congregation in the late 19th century and, in 1917, built a synagogue -- Anshe Sfard -- on Cumberland Avenue in Portland. By the early 1960s, the congregation was largely gone. The building was demolished in 1983.

Site Pages

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Bath's Historic Downtown - The Customs House

That was also the last year that the Customs Collector was in the Customs House. Govenor William KingPatten Free Library Many people…

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Historic Clothing Collection - Mourning Clothing

… Show With the growth of the middle class, the custom of wearing black during periods of mourning became prevalent.

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Bath's Historic Downtown - Student Exhibits

… and Washington Church Block Columbian Block The Customs House Davenport Memorial and City Hall Entertainment Venues - Dreamland and Liberty…

My Maine Stories

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The man who dedicated 52 years to Biddeford's iconic Alex Pizza
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center

A work ethic learned from his parents and passion for the employees and customers of Alex Pizza.


My career as a chemical engineer for S.D. Warren Paper Company
by Charles Dodge

I worked in S.D. Warren's laboratory, and developed paper coatings, like Ultracast technology


A Lifelong Romance with Retail
by George A Smith

Maine's once plentiful small retail stores.

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

Jews in Maine

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12, Postsecondary Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson presents an overview of the history of Jews in Maine and the U.S., including some of the factors that led to Jewish immigration to the U.S., examination of the prejudice, discrimination and anti-Semitism many Jews have experienced, and the contributions of Jews to community life and culture in Maine.

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

What Remains: Learning about Maine Populations through Burial Customs

Grade Level: 6-8 Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies, Visual & Performing Arts
This lesson plan will give students an overview of how burial sites and gravestone material culture can assist historians and archaeologists in discovering information about people and migration over time. Students will learn how new scholarship can help to dispel harmful archaeological myths, look into the roles of religion and ethnicity in early Maine and New England immigrant and colonial settlements, and discover how to track changes in population and social values from the 1600s to early 1900s based on gravestone iconography and epitaphs.