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Item 19219

Northeast Harbor

Contributed by: Jesup Memorial Library Date: circa 1910 Location: Bar Harbor; Northeast Harbor Media: Postcard

Item 101873

Matinicus Harbor, Matinicus, ca. 1890

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1890 Location: Matinicus Island Media: Photographic print

Item 16456

Deacon's Harbor on Clark Point, Southwest Harbor

Contributed by: Southwest Harbor Public Library Date: 1891-08-12 Location: Southwest Harbor Media: Photographic print

Tax Records

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Item 87436

McLoud property, Harbor Grace, Long Island, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Cornelius McLoud Use: Fish House

Item 89807

Russell property, Harbor Grace, Long Island, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Jane A. Russell Use: Shed

Item 89800

Russell property, HArbor Grace, Long Island, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Jane A. Russell Use: Summer Dwelling


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Early Fish Canneries in Brooklin

By the 1900s, numerous fish canneries began operating in Center Harbor, located within the Brooklin community. For over thirty years, these plants were an important factor in the community.


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.


The Schooner Bowdoin: Ninety Years of Seagoing History

After traveling to the Arctic with Robert E. Peary, Donald B. MacMillan (1874-1970), an explorer, researcher, and lecturer, helped design his own vessel for Arctic exploration, the schooner <em>Bowdoin,</em> which he named after his alma mater. The schooner remains on the seas.

Site Pages

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Northeast Harbor Public Library

Harbor Historical Society images:[/b] Northeast Harbor Public Library 1 Joy Road, Northeast Harbor, Maine 04662 phone: (207) 276-3333 email…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Early Performing Arts Bar Harbor

… Arts Bar Harbor Greek Festival, Bar Harbor, 1920 Item 21195 infoBar Harbor Historical Society Greek Festival held at the Building of Arts…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Arriving in Bar Harbor

Arriving in Bar Harbor Bar Harbor steamboat landing, ca. 1885Item Contributed byMaine Historic Preservation Commission Arriving at the Bar…

My Maine Stories

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Memories of working at the Criterion Theatre
by Vernon L. Cox

Working as a teenager with projectionest Roy Blake at the Criterion Theater


The story behind David Moses Bridges' basket
by Patricia Ayala Rocabado

The story behind David Moses Bridges' (1962-2017) birch bark basket


How Far is Deep Enough?
by Molly M.

Wading into Casco Bay after a hot and prickly afternoon on an island off Portland.

Lesson Plans

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Longfellow Studies: Longfellow Amongst His Contemporaries - The Ship of State DBQ

Grade Level: 9-12 Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies
Preparation Required/Preliminary Discussion: Lesson plans should be done in the context of a course of study on American literature and/or history from the Revolution to the Civil War. The ship of state is an ancient metaphor in the western world, especially among seafaring people, but this figure of speech assumed a more widespread and literal significance in the English colonies of the New World. From the middle of the 17th century, after all, until revolution broke out in 1775, the dominant system of governance in the colonies was the Navigation Acts. The primary responsibility of colonial governors, according to both Parliament and the Crown, was the enforcement of the laws of trade, and the governors themselves appointed naval officers to ensure that the various provisions and regulations of the Navigation Acts were executed. England, in other words, governed her American colonies as if they were merchant ships. This metaphorical conception of the colonies as a naval enterprise not only survived the Revolution but also took on a deeper relevance following the construction of the Union. The United States of America had now become the ship of state, launched on July 4th 1776 and dedicated to the radical proposition that all men are created equal and endowed with certain unalienable rights. This proposition is examined and tested in any number of ways during the decades between the Revolution and the Civil War. Novelists and poets, as well as politicians and statesmen, questioned its viability: Whither goes the ship of state? Is there a safe harbor somewhere up ahead or is the vessel doomed to ruin and wreckage? Is she well built and sturdy or is there some essential flaw in her structural frame?