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Historical Items

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Item 18161

Canadian Customs, Woodstock, N.B., ca. 1920

Contributed by: Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum Date: circa 1920 Location: Woodstock; Houlton Media: Postcard

Item 10787

City Buildings, Biddeford, ca. 1860

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1860 Location: Biddeford Media: Photographic print

Item 6664

State House, Augusta, 1880

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1880 Location: Augusta Media: Ink on paper

Tax Records

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Item 53805

Assessor's Record, 314 Fore Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: United States Government Use: Custom House

Item 63258

Assessor's Record, 65-79 Exchange Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: United States Government Use: Post Office

Item 50794

Assessor's Record, 65-79 Exchange Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: U.S. Government Use: Post Office

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 110191

Passamaquoddy Bay Tidal Power Development temporary buildings, Eastport, 1935

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1935 Location: Eastport Client: United States Government Architect: John Calvin Stevens John Howard Stevens Architects

Item 110192

Passamaquoddy Bay Tidal Power Development temporary buildings, Eastport, 1935

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1935 Location: Eastport Client: United States Government Architect: John Calvin Stevens John Howard Stevens Architects

Item 110193

Passamaquoddy Bay Tidal Power Development permanent buildings, Eastport, 1935

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1935 Location: Eastport Client: United States Government Architect: John Calvin Stevens John Howard Stevens Architects

Online Exhibits

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Exhibit

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.

Exhibit

Port of Portland's Custom House and Collectors of Customs

The collector of Portland was the key to federal patronage in Maine, though other ports and towns had collectors. Through the 19th century, the revenue was the major source of Federal Government income. As in Colonial times, the person appointed to head the custom House in Casco Bay was almost always a leading community figure, or a well-connected political personage.

Exhibit

From Sewers to Skylines: William S. Edwards's 1887 Photo Album

William S. Edwards (1830-1918) was a civil engineer who worked for the City of Portland from 1876-1906. Serving as First Assistant to Chief Engineer William A. Goodwin, then to Commissioner George N. Fernald, Edwards was a fixture in City Hall for 30 consecutive years, proving indispensable throughout the terms of 15 Mayors of Portland, including all six of those held by James Phineas Baxter. Edwards made significant contributions to Portland, was an outstanding mapmaker and planner, and his works continue to benefit historians.

Site Pages

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Site Page

Bath's Historic Downtown - Old Town Hall and Grant Building

"… administration, Bath received $10,000 from the government, $4,000 of which went toward building the Old City Hall."

Site Page

Bath's Historic Downtown - The Customs House

"… were often the site of city, state, or federal government events. For example, in 1889, the 23rd President, Benjamin Harrison visited Bath to tour…"

Site Page

Bath's Historic Downtown - Davenport Memorial and City Hall

"He filled different roles in Bath's government when Bath was incorporated as a city in 1847. The City Hall earlier provided a home for many of…"

My Maine Stories

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Story

Biddeford City Hall: an in-depth tour of this iconic building
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center Voices of Biddeford project

Visual tour and unique insights of Biddeford’s historical landmark

Story

Senator Susan Deschambault: not afraid to take on challenges
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center Voices of Biddeford project

Honoring her family's small business roots and community service through her own unconventional path

Story

Reverend Thomas Smith of First Parish Portland
by Kristina Minister, Ph.D.

Pastor, Physician, Real Estate Speculator, and Agent for Wabanaki Genocide

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Building Community/Community Buildings

Grade Level: 6-8 Content Area: Social Studies
Where do people gather? What defines a community? What buildings allow people to congregate to celebrate, learn, debate, vote, and take part in all manner of community activities? Students will evaluate images and primary documents from throughout Maine’s history, and look at some of Maine’s earliest gathering spaces and organizations, and how many communities established themselves around certain types of buildings. Students will make connections between the community buildings of the past and the ways we express identity and create communities today.