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Historical Items

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Item 14351

Tobey's Army, Good Will Home, 1917

Contributed by: L.C. Bates Museum / Good Will-Hinckley Homes Date: 1917 Location: Fairfield Media: Photographic print

Item 6692

Sturgis Home, Danville, ca. 1900

Contributed by: Androscoggin Historical Society Date: circa 1900 Location: Danville; Auburn Media: Photographic print

Item 74895

Triangle Tourist Home, Lubec, 1975

Contributed by: Lubec Historical Society Date: 1975 Location: Lubec Media: Kodachrome slide

Tax Records

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Item 38550

394-402 Congress Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Union Mutual Life Insurance Co. of Maine Use: Bank & Offices

Item 50817

116-124 Exchange Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Union Mutual Life Insurance Co. of Maine Use: Offices

Item 65229

73-75 Newbury Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: David Finkelman Use: Apartments


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Home: The Longfellow House & the Emergence of Portland

The Wadsworth-Longfellow house is the oldest building on the Portland peninsula, the first historic site in Maine, a National Historic Landmark, home to three generations of Wadsworth and Longfellow family members -- including the boyhood home of the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The history of the house and its inhabitants provide a unique view of the growth and changes of Portland -- as well as of the immediate surroundings of the home.


Belfast During the Civil War: The Home Front

Belfast residents responded to the Civil War by enlisting in large numbers, providing relief from the home front to soldiers, defending Maine's shoreline, and closely following the news from soldiers and from various battles.


Independence and Challenges: The Life of Hannah Pierce

Hannah Pierce (1788-1873) of West Baldwin, who remained single, was the educated daughter of a moderately wealthy landowner and businessman. She stayed at the family farm throughout her life, operating the farm and her various investments -- always in close touch with her siblings.

Site Pages

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Home: The Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Portland - The Privy

… some insights into the nature of working class life in an urban household of mid-19th-century Portland.

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Home: The Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Portland - The House, 1786-1960

Gradually, the house was no longer in a rural setting. But Portland and the nature of urban life has changed dramatically.

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Home: The Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Portland - The Longfellow Era: 1807-1901

… Longfellow lived in the house for most of her life. She and her husband, Stephen, rented the house from her father, Peleg Wadsworth, beginning in…

My Maine Stories

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August 12, 1967 was the most significant day of my life
by Bob Small

How the Vietnam war affected my life


Norcross Deer Hunting
by Albert Fowler

How hunting has impacted my life


Welcome home Sgt. Cunningham
by Donald C Cunningham

It was great to be back in Maine.

Lesson Plans

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My Lost Youth: Longfellow's Portland, Then and Now

Grade Level: 6-12 Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow loved his boyhood home of Portland, Maine. Born on Fore Street, the family moved to his maternal grandparents' home on Congress Street when Henry was eight months old. While he would go on to Bowdoin College and travel extensively abroad, ultimately living most of his adult years in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he never forgot his beloved Portland. Years after his childhood, in 1855, he wrote "My Lost Youth" about his undiminished love for and memories of growing up in Portland. This exhibit, using the poem as its focus, will present the Portland of Longfellow's boyhood. In many cases the old photos will be followed by contemporary images of what that site looked like 2004. Following the exhibit of 68 slides are five suggested lessons that can be adapted for any grade level, 3–12.

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The Elms - Stephen Longfellow's Gorham Farm

Grade Level: 6-12 Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies
On April 3, 1761 Stephen Longfellow II signed the deed for the first 100 acre purchase of land that he would own in Gorham, Maine. His son Stephen III (Judge Longfellow) would build a home on that property which still stands to this day. Judge Longfellow would become one of the most prominent citizens in Gorham’s history and one of the earliest influences on his grandson Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's work as a poet. This exhibit examines why the Longfellows arrived in Gorham, Judge Longfellow's role in the history of the town, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's vacations in the country which may have influenced his greatest work, and the remains of the Longfellow estate still standing in Gorham today.