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Item 101152

Thieves in Bangor, ca. 1865

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society and Maine State Museum Date: 1865 Location: Bangor Media: Ink and watercolor on paper

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Thomas Robison from Thomas Hodges regarding illegal slave trade, Les Cayes, April 6, 1791

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1791 Location: Portland; Les Cayes Media: Ink on paper

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John M. Dillingham letter to his mother, October 26, 1862

Contributed by: Freeport Historical Society Date: 1862 Location: Freeport; Charleston Media: Paper

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Tax Records

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Prohibition in Maine in the 1920s

Federal Prohibition took hold of America in 1920 with the passing of the Volstead Act that banned the sale and consumption of all alcohol in the US. However, Maine had the Temperance movement long before anyone was prohibited from taking part in one of America's most popular past times. Starting in 1851, the struggles between the "drys" and the "wets" of Maine lasted for 82 years, a period of time that was everything but dry and rife with nothing but illegal activity.


From French Canadians to Franco-Americans

French Canadians who emigrated to the Lewiston-Auburn area faced discrimination as children and adults -- such as living in "Little Canada" tenements and being ridiculed for speaking French -- but also adapted to their new lives and sustained many cultural traditions.


Biddeford, Saco and the Textile Industry

The largest textile factory in the country reached seven stories up on the banks of the Saco River in 1825, ushering in more than a century of making cloth in Biddeford and Saco. Along with the industry came larger populations and commercial, retail, social, and cultural growth.

Site Pages

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Lincoln, Maine - Weatherbee Hardware Store window display, Lincoln, ca. 1943

… on left-hand standards" "Willburn Haskell in (illegible)" "Mary Burke (nurse & [illegible] in Africa) on right standard.

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Historic Hallowell - City Marshals

… to place, thirteen arrests of people selling illegal drinks or drugs, ten seizures of intoxicating liquors , one assault and battery, four thefts…

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Highlighting Historical Hampden - Incorporation

… fact that he refused to pay what he considered an illegal tax imposed by King Charles I appealed to those early residents of the town, who during…

My Maine Stories

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From Chinese Laundress to Mother of the Year
by Dr. Andrea Louie

Toy Len Goon's granddaughter recounts her immigration to the US and becoming Mother of the Year.


Growing up DownEast
by Darrin MC Mclellan

Stories of growing up Downeast