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Item 36605

Saco Falls and Pepperell Mills, Biddeford-Saco, ca. 1894

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: circa 1894 Location: Biddeford; Saco Media: Photographic print

Item 103940

Rusty turbine at Biddeford Mills, 2015

Contributed by: Biddeford Mills Museum Date: circa 1846 Location: Biddeford Media: Digital photograph

Item 103879

Wyman Lake, ca. 1930

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: circa 1930 Location: Moscow; Pleasant Ridge Media: Glass Negative


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La Basilique Lewiston

Like many cities in France, Lewiston and Auburn's skylines are dominated by a cathedral-like structure, St. Peter and Paul Church. Now designated a basilica by the Vatican, it stands as a symbol of French Catholic contributions to the State of Maine.


Wired! How Electricity Came to Maine

As early as 1633, entrepreneurs along the Piscataqua River in southern Maine utilized the force of the river to power a sawmill, recognizing the potential of the area's natural power sources, but it was not until the 1890s that technology made widespread electricity a reality -- and even then, consumers had to be urged to use it.


400 years of New Mainers

Immigration is one of the most debated topics in Maine. Controversy aside, immigration is also America's oldest tradition, and along with religious tolerance, what our nation was built upon. Since the first people--the Wabanaki--permitted Europeans to settle in the land now known as Maine, we have been a state of immigrants.

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Historic Hallowell - Energy

Another form of energy that factories used was hydropower. Hydropower works because the falling water is converted into useful things...

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Skowhegan Community History - A Brief History of the Skowhegan Area

… to be manufactured making use of the abundant hydropower generated from the Skowhegan falls. The major industries emerging by the close of the 19th…

My Maine Stories

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Restoring the Penobscot River
by John Banks

My role as the Director of the Department of Natural Resources for the Penobscot Indian Nation