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Item 34722

Dunlap Declaration of Independence, 1776

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1776-07-04 Location: Philadelphia Media: Ink on paper

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Item 6049

North Yarmouth Copy of the Declaration of Independence

Contributed by: Maine State Archives Date: 1776-07-04 Location: Philadelphia Media: Paper

Item 102243

Portrait of John Hancock, 1765

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1765 Media: Ink on paper, engraving


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Unlocking the Declaration's Secrets

Fewer than 30 copies of the first printing of the Declaration of Independence are known to exist. John Dunlap hurriedly printed copies for distribution to assemblies, conventions, committees and military officers. Authenticating authenticity of the document requires examination of numerous details of the broadside.


John Hancock's Relation to Maine

The president of the Continental Congress and the Declaration's most notable signatory, John Hancock, has ties to Maine through politics, and commercial businesses, substantial property, vacations, and family.


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.

Site Pages

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Historic Hallowell - Day 4 - Page 1 of 3

Maine was declared a disaster area. Now there were 270,000 outages of power and 500,000 people are without power! Over 11,000 Canadian troops came to…

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - James Montgomery Flagg

… people saw through the ruse and stopped talking to him for a while, causing Flagg to declare, "They're powerful tetchy down East."

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Northeast Harbor: From Rustic to Rusticators

… as non-denominational, however, when the Bishop declared it to be of the "one true church," (Episcopalian) some of the parishioners left to form…

My Maine Stories

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Florence Ahlquist Link's WWII service in the WAVES
by Earlene Ahlquist Chadbourne

Florence Ahlquist, age 20, was trained to repair the new aeronautical cameras by the US Navy in WWII


My father, Earle Ahlquist, served during World War II
by Earlene Chadbourne

Earle Ahlquist used his Maine common sense during his Marine service and to survive Iwo Jima


A Maine Family's story of being Prisoners of War in Manila
by Nicki Griffin

As a child, born after the war, I would hear these stories - glad they were finally written down