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Historical Items

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Item 81550

Portland Water District Casco Street Office, ca. 1964

Contributed by: Portland Water District Date: circa 1964 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 81555

Portland Water District Casco Street Office, Portland, 1964

Contributed by: Portland Water District Date: 1964 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 9166

District of Maine map, 1795

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1795 Media: Ink on paper

Tax Records

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Item 85626

Portland Water District property, Great Diamond Island, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Portland Water District Use: Pump House

Item 77888

5 Tolman Place, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Portland Water District Use: Garage

Item 59843

183-201 Kennebec Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Portland Water District Use: Office & Shop

Exhibits

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The Shape of Maine

The boundaries of Maine are the product of international conflict, economic competition, political fights, and contested development. The boundaries are expressions of human values; people determined the shape of Maine.

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State of Mind: Becoming Maine

The history of the region now known as Maine did not begin at statehood in 1820. What was Maine before it was a state? How did Maine separate from Massachusetts? How has the Maine we experience today been shaped by thousands of years of history?

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The British capture and occupation of Eastport 1814-1818

The War of 1812 ended in December 1814, but Eastport continued to be under British control for another four years. Eastport was the last American territory occupied by the British from the War of 1812 to be returned to the United States. Except for the brief capture of two Aleutian Islands in Alaska by the Japanese in World War II, it was the last time since 2018 that United States soil was occupied by a foreign government.

Site Pages

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Mantor Library, University of Maine Farmington

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Portland Water District

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Maine's Road to Statehood - The Coasting Law of 1789

Since Maine was a district of Massachusetts, a ship sailing south from Maine would not have to port until New Jersey; once separated, Maine vessels…

My Maine Stories

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History of Forest Gardens
by Gary Libby

This is a history of one of Portland's oldest local bars

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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

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Isolation!
by Leslie

Having only moved to Maine alone 8 months prior, had to freeze my life

Lesson Plans

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Becoming Maine: The District of Maine's Coastal Economy

Grade Level: 3-5 Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson plan will introduce students to the maritime economy of Maine prior to statehood and to the Coasting Law that impacted the separation debate. Students will examine primary documents, take part in an activity that will put the Coasting Law in the context of late 18th century – early 19th century New England, and learn about how the Embargo Act of 1807 affected Maine in the decades leading to statehood.

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Maine Statehood

Grade Level: 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies
Maine's quest for statehood began in the years immediately following the American Revolution. Though the state of Massachusetts consented to the separation in 1819 and Maine would ultimately achieve statehood in 1820, Maine’s split from Massachusetts was not without controversy and was not universally supported by people living in Maine. Using primary sources, students will explore the arguments for and against Maine statehood. Students will gather evidence and arguments to debate the statement: It is in the best interests of the people of Maine for Maine to become its own state.