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Historical Items

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Item 104145

Queen's Hospital entrance, Portland, ca. 1930

Contributed by: Northern Light Mercy Hospital Date: circa 1930 Location: Portland Media: Black and White 35mm Slide

Item 100708

St. Joseph Hospital front entrance, Bangor, ca. 1955

Contributed by: St. Joseph Healthcare Date: circa 1955 Location: Bangor Media: Photo negative

Item 104093

Mercy Hospital staff, Portland, 1978

Contributed by: Northern Light Mercy Hospital Date: 1978 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Tax Records

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Item 57932

56-70 Danforth Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Children's Hospital Use: Hospital

Item 57933

91 Danforth Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Children's Hospital Use: Connecting Corridor

Item 75771

204-206 State Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: The Queens Hospital Use: Hospital

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 111134

Osteopathic Hospital, Portland, 1956

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1956 Location: Portland Client: Portland Osteopathic Hospital Architect: Stevens and Saunders Architects

Item 109468

Hospital Addition, Bath, 1917

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1917 Location: Bath; Bath Client: Bath Memorial Hospital Architect: Alonzo J. Harriman

Item 110012

Sketch for Maternity Hospital, Portland, ca. 1914

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1914 Location: Portland Client: unknown Architect: Frederick A. Tompson

Online Exhibits

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Maine Medical Center, Bramhall Campus

Maine Medical Center, founded as Maine General Hospital, has dominated Portland’s West End since its construction in 1871 on Bramhall Hill. As the medical field grew in both technological and social practice, the facility of the hospital also changed. This exhibit tracks the expansion and additions to that original building as the hospital adapted to its patients’ needs.


Rebecca Usher: 'To Succor the Suffering Soldiers'

Rebecca Usher of Hollis was 41 and single when she joined the Union nursing service at the U.S. General Hospital at Chester, Pennsylvania. Her time there and later at City Point, Virginia, were defining experiences of her life.


One Hundred Years of Caring -- EMMC

In 1892 five physicians -- William H. Simmons, William C. Mason, Walter H. Hunt, Everett T. Nealey, and William E. Baxter -- realized the need for a hospital in the city of Bangor had become urgent and they set about providing one.

Site Pages

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Mercy Hospital - 100 Years of Mercy Hospital

Queen's Hospital administration building, Portland, ca. 1930Item Contributed byMercy Hospital The Story of Mercy Hospital began in the fall of 1918…

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Mt. Desert Island Hospital

View collections, facts, and contact information for this Contributing Partner.

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Mercy Hospital - Portland Hospitals Before Mercy

Modern hospital care as its understood in the 21st century, is a recent development in medical history.

My Maine Stories

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Nursing at Mercy Hospital during WWII
by Roberta Loring

Education and nursing at Mercy Hospital during World War II.


Supporting the Mercy Hospital mission for 30+ years
by David Small

David Small described his time on the Mercy Hospital Board, The Sisters of Mercy, and expansion.


Reflecting on 38 years at Mercy Hospital
by Terry Clifford

Terry Clifford began her career at Mercy Hospital on May 11, 1981

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Primary Sources: Healthcare History in Maine

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson plan will give students the opportunity to read and analyze letters, literature, and other primary documents and articles of material culture from the MHS collections relating to how people in Maine have given and received healthcare throughout history. Students will discuss the giving and receiving of medicines and treatments from the 18th-21st centuries, the evolving role of hospitals since the 19th century, and how the nursing profession has changed since the Civil War. Students will also look at how people and healthcare facilities in Maine have addressed epidemics in the past, such as influenza and tuberculosis, and what we can learn today from studying the history of healthcare and medicine.