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Historical Items

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Item 1203

Ice scraping, Bowdoinham, ca. 1895

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1895 Location: Bowdoinham Media: Photographic print

Item 19281

Ice tongs, Presque Isle, ca. 1910

Contributed by: Presque Isle Historical Society Date: circa 1910 Location: Presque Isle Media: Metal

Item 34162

Ice cutting, Cascade Pond, Hallowell, ca. 1933

Contributed by: Emma Clark Weeks through Hubbard Free Library Date: circa 1933 Location: Hallowell Media: Photographic print

Online Exhibits

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Ice: A Maine Commodity

Maine's frozen rivers and lakes provided an economic opportunity. The state shipped thousands of tons of ice to ports along the East Coast and to the West Indies that workers had cut and packed in sawdust for shipment or later use.


How Sweet It Is

Desserts have always been a special treat. For centuries, Mainers have enjoyed something sweet as a nice conclusion to a meal or celebrate a special occasion. But many things have changed over the years: how cooks learn to make desserts, what foods and tools were available, what was important to people.


Princeton: Woods and Water Built This Town

Princeton benefited from its location on a river -- the St. Croix -- that was useful for transportation of people and lumber and for powering mills as well as on its proximity to forests.

Site Pages

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Historic Hallowell - Ice Cutting

Tons and tons of ice was shipped south during the later half of the 19th century. Forty-two ice houses like “Ice Mania”, covered the shores of the…

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Historic Hallowell - Ice Harvesting on Cascade Pond

You would insulate it with sawdust from the mills. That would go on until the ice house was full.” Weston's Ox TeamHubbard Free Library “In the…

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Historic Hallowell - Ice Harvesting on Cascade Pond ~ A Family Affair

You would have to cut it to fit the ice box and then carry it up to the house. If they weren’t home they would leave the money on the corner of the…

My Maine Stories

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Elizabeth Mantis Spiliopoulos: passion for life & Greek heritage
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center

A spunky 99-year-old shares her crystal-clear recollections of all the changes in her lifetime


Catching live bait with Grandfather
by Randy Randall

We never bought live bait for fishing. Grandfather caught all the minnows and shiners we needed.


History of Forest Gardens
by Gary Libby

This is a history of one of Portland's oldest local bars