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Historical Items

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Item 102504

Letter to Woodrow Wilson regarding Prohibition during WWI, Bangor, ca. 1916

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1916 Location: Bangor Media: Ink on paper

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Item 9901

Wantage Rule fitted into a box, 1720

Contributed by: Davistown Museum Date: 1720 Location: Berwick Media: Boxwood, brass, ribbon

Item 101697

Gin recipe, ca. 1925

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1925 Media: Ink on paper

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Online Exhibits

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Student Exhibit: Ice Harvesting

Ice Harvesting was a big industry on the Kennebec River. Several million tons of ice could be harvested in a few weeks. In 1886 the Kennebec River topped the million ton on ice production.


Yarmouth: Leader in Soda Pulp

Yarmouth's "Third Falls" provided the perfect location for papermaking -- and, soon, for producing soda pulp for making paper. At the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th, Yarmouth was an international leader in soda pulp production.


Portland Hotels

Since the establishment of the area's first licensed hotel in 1681, Portland has had a dramatic, grand and boisterous hotel tradition. The Portland hotel industry has in many ways reflected the growth and development of the city itself. As Portland grew with greater numbers of people moving through the city or calling it home, the hotel business expanded to fit the increasing demand.

Site Pages

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Rum, Riot, and Reform - Politics and Enforcement

On dump day the liquor would be poured into a sewer, river, or the ocean often with some fanfare. Not surprisingly, Rum Rooms were often the target…

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Rum, Riot, and Reform - Business as Usual

… grand city hotel is said to have always served liquor by simply paying fines as the cost of doing business. In Portland, J.B.

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Historic Hallowell - City Marshals

… drinks or drugs, ten seizures of intoxicating liquors , one assault and battery, four thefts of personal property, one fast driver, one malicious…

My Maine Stories

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Vegetarians and Zoonosis
by Avery Yale Kamila

Colds, influenza, tuberculosis, measles, smallpox, plague and COVID-19 group under zoonotic diseases


A Maine Family's story of being Prisoners of War in Manila
by Nicki Griffin

As a child, born after the war, I would hear these stories - glad they were finally written down


History of Forest Gardens
by Gary Libby

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