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Historical Items

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Item 105540

Maine Medical Center construction, Portland, 1955

Contributed by: Maine Medical Center Archives Date: 1955-02-18 Location: Portland Media: photographic print

Item 105541

Staff tours the new Maine Medical Center building, Portland, 1956

Contributed by: Maine Medical Center Archives Date: 1956 Location: Portland Media: photographic print

Item 105539

Vaughan Hall/McGeachey Hall at Maine Medical Center, Portland, 1980

Contributed by: Maine Medical Center Archives Date: 1980 Location: Portland Media: photographic print

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.

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Doing Good: Medical Stories of Maine

Throughout Maine’s history, individuals have worked to improve and expand medical care, not only for the health of those living in Maine, but for many around the world who need care and help.

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Student Exhibit: Medicine in Times Past

Inspired by Dr. Greenleaf Wilbur's medical box at the Skowhegan History House, this exhibit highlights some Mainers in the medical field of the past and the stories they had.

Site Pages

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Eastern Maine Medical Center

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Maine Medical Center Archives

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Mercy Hospital - Portland Hospitals Before Mercy

During the 19th century, the medical profession increasingly professionalized, partly due to the advances in scientific knowledge which led to…

My Maine Stories

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Hooch Mum and my Vietnam service
by Jim Barrows

A poem about being a medic, saving Vietnamese people and babies. Sometimes we trusted too much.

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Appreciation sign for essential health care workers
by Henry J Gartley

A neighbor expresses their appreciation for the workers at a local nursing home.

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My Mom was a nurse in the 8055 MASH, Korea
by Pat MacPherson

I’m so proud of my mother and the thousands of Army & Navy nurses who served in WWII & Korea

Lesson Plans

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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.