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Historical Items

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Item 68978

Maine Civil Defense rescue demonstration, Hallowell, 1955

Contributed by: National Archives at Boston Date: circa 1955 Location: Hallowell Media: Photographic print

Item 68982

New Brunswick offical, Maine Civil Defense director, 1955

Contributed by: National Archives at Boston Date: 1955-12-14 Media: Photographic print

Item 68977

Greene Civil Defense first aid team, Auburn, 1957

Contributed by: National Archives at Boston Date: 1957-05-26 Location: Auburn; Greene Media: Photographic print

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 110158

Rebuilding Armory State Military Defense Commision, Portland, 1946-1947

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1946–1947 Location: Portland Client: United States Government Architect: John Howard Stevens John Calvin Stevens II Architects

Online Exhibits

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Civil Defense: Fear and Safety

In the 1950s and the 1960s, Maine's Civil Defense effort focused on preparedness for hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters and a more global concern, nuclear war. Civil Defense materials urged awareness, along with measures like storing food and other staple items and preparing underground or other shelters.


Father Rasles, the Indians and the English

Father Sebastien Rasle, a French Jesuit, ran a mission for Indians at Norridgewock and, many English settlers believed, encouraged Indian resistance to English settlement. He was killed in a raid on the mission in 1724 that resulted in the remaining Indians fleeing for Canada.


Maine Politicians, National Leaders

From the early days of Maine statehood to the present, countless Maine politicians have made names for themselves on the national stage.

Site Pages

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Strong, a Mussul Unsquit village - Online Items

… set-up in coastal states as part of our civil defense program. This observation post was erected on the roof of Forster Mfg.

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Life on a Tidal River - William S. Cohen, The Man and the School

Army. Photo courtesy of the Department of Defense. X Cohen was sworn in as the twentieth Secretary of Defense on January 24, 1997.

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Thomaston: The Town that Went to Sea - P.H. Tilson Death Notice

… the Confederates to retreat to their next line of defense; the Rappahannock River. The Union Army consisted of 28,000 men and was to assault the…

My Maine Stories

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I have thought about Vietnam almost every day for 48 years
by Ted Heselton

Working as a heavy equipment operator in Vietnam


Where are the French?
by Rhea Côté Robbins

Franco-Americans in Maine


Memories of a mission in Vietnam, January 11, 1970
by SGT. Ronald Santerre, 1st Calvary Division

Extracting villagers from the Viet Cong in Vietnam