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Historical Items

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Item 79989

Thomas W. Hyde letter about cigar, Richmond, Va., 1862

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1862 Location: Richmond; Portland Media: Ink on paper

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Item 84253

Civil War cigar relic, 1862

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1862 Media: Tobacco, paper

Online Exhibits

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Designing Acadia

For one hundred years, Acadia National Park has captured the American imagination and stood as the most recognizable symbol of Maine’s important natural history and identity. This exhibit highlights Maine Memory content relating to Acadia and Mount Desert Island.


Farm-yard Frames

Throughout New England, barns attached to houses are fairly common. Why were the buildings connected? What did farmers or families gain by doing this? The phenomenon was captured in the words of a children's song, "Big house, little house, back house, barn," (Thomas C. Hubka <em>Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn, the Connected Farm Buildings of New England,</em> University Press of New England, 1984.)


A Snapshot of Portland, 1924: The Taxman Cometh

In 1924, with Portland was on the verge of profound changes, the Tax Assessors Office undertook a project to document every building in the city -- with photographs and detailed information that provide a unique view into Portland's architecture, neighborhoods, industries, and businesses.

Site Pages

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - The Bryants and Rockefellers: Two Seal Harbor Families

… George Bucknam Dorr worked with the government to gain enough lands and funds to eventually make Acadia National Park official in 1919.

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Early Maine Photography - Famous People - Page 2 of 3

Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1854, he gained a national reputation for his opposition to slavery and his expertise in finance.

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - II. Pinkies, wherries, skiffs and chebaccos: Early Settlement

… new homes, better roads, and increased travel—made Swan’s Island a profitable enough location to gain a steamboat connection. Next page

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