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Historical Items

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Item 21618

Skowhegan Free Public Library and Elm Street, ca. 1940

Contributed by: Skowhegan Free Public Library through Skowhegan History House Date: circa 1940 Location: Skowhegan Media: Photographic print

Item 79426

Rumford Public Library, Rumford, ca. 1948

Contributed by: Greater Rumford Area Historical Society Date: circa 1948 Location: Rumford Media: Postcard

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Item 28567

Architectural rendering of Patten Free Library, Bath, ca. 1888

Contributed by: Patten Free Library Date: circa 1888 Location: Bath; Bath Media: Pen and ink on paper

Exhibits

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Student Exhibit: Can You Help Our Free Skowhegan Public Library?

The Skowhegan Free Public Library was built in 1889 with money donated by Abner Coburn and the town of Skowhegan. Mr. Coburn left $30,000 in his will towards the building of the library. In 2005, for the library to fully keep up with their programs need to make some renovations. These changes would allow for more use of technology, more room for children's programs, and provide handicap accessibility.

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Educating Oneself: Carnegie Libraries

Industrialist Andrew Carnegie gave grants for 20 libraries in Maine between 1897 and 1912, specifying that the town own the land, set aside funds for maintenance, have room to expand -- and offer library services at no charge.

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The Public Face of Christmas

Christmas, a Christian holiday observed by many Mainers, has a very public, seasonal face that makes it visible to those of all beliefs.

Site Pages

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Skowhegan Free Public Library

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Boston Public Library

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Belfast Free Library

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