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Historical Items

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Item 5208

Third phase, burning of Old South Church, Bath, 1854

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1854-07-06 Location: Bath Media: Oil on canvas

Item 135774

Kitchen, Yellow House, Gardiner, ca. 1985

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1985 Location: Gardiner Media: photographic print

Item 10316

Bobby Gray and friend Robbie, West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, ca. 1939

Contributed by: Pamela Grindle through West Quoddy Head Light Keepers Association Date: circa 1939 Location: Lubec Media: Photographic print

Tax Records

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Item 53878

Assessor's Record, 491-503 Fore Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Standard Oil Company Use: Filling station

Online Exhibits

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Inside the Yellow House

Photographer Elijah Cobb's 1985 portfolio of the Laura E. Richards House, with text by Rosalind Cobb Wiggins and Laura E. Putnam.


Home: The Longfellow House & the Emergence of Portland

The Wadsworth-Longfellow house is the oldest building on the Portland peninsula, the first historic site in Maine, a National Historic Landmark, home to three generations of Wadsworth and Longfellow family members -- including the boyhood home of the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The history of the house and its inhabitants provide a unique view of the growth and changes of Portland -- as well as of the immediate surroundings of the home.


Port of Portland's Custom House and Collectors of Customs

The collector of Portland was the key to federal patronage in Maine, though other ports and towns had collectors. Through the 19th century, the revenue was the major source of Federal Government income. As in Colonial times, the person appointed to head the custom House in Casco Bay was almost always a leading community figure, or a well-connected political personage.

Site Pages

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Old Buildings

"Old Buildings Bonnie and Donnie Staples' house Minturn Schoolhouse The Tea Room Redmen's Hall Seaside Hall Andrew Smith Store…"

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Bonnie and Donnie Staples' house

"And on this side was some old post office boxes. And you had your numbers, you know, to get your mail out."

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - III. Boom, bustle, bust: The Steamboat Years to WWII

"The nation turned to coal, iron, and oil. Maine’s decreased role in the national trend toward industrial growth would later become an attraction when…"

My Maine Stories

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My life as a revolutionary knitter
by Katharine Cobey

Moving to Maine and confronting knitting stereotypes


Service in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan by MAJ Adam R. Cote
by Adam R. Cote

Military Service has had a deep impact my life


An Asian American Account
by Zabrina

An account from a Chinese American teen during the COVID-19 pandemic.