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Historical Items

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Item 102285

Falmouth Neck deed of ownership, Portland, 1764

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1764-10-01 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper

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Item 172

Ruins from Portland fire, July 1866

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1866 Location: Portland Media: Lithograph

Item 35118

Old Warehouse at Saco Ferry, 1888

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: 1888 Location: Saco Media: Photographic print

Tax Records

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Item 53780

255 Fore Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Theodore Kerr Use: Shed

Item 63270

Assessor's Record, 50Franklin Street (rear), Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Harry Feuerman Use: Shed

Online Exhibits

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Working Women of the Old Port

Women at the turn of the 20th century were increasingly involved in paid work outside the home. For wage-earning women in the Old Port section of Portland, the jobs ranged from canning fish and vegetables to setting type. A study done in 1907 found many women did not earn living wages.


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.


Extracting Wealth

Maine's natural resources -- granite, limestone and slate in particular -- along with its excellent ports made it a leader in mining and production of the valuable building materials. Stone work also attracted numerous skilled immigrants.

Site Pages

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Harbor Cottage, The Old Ell (“Mame’s House”), and the Big Barn

… loading his schooners with lumber and trading in ports such as Boston, but also coasted as far South as Jacksonville, Florida, and seasonally went…

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Portland Press Herald Glass Negative Collection - Wiscasset's Arctic Connection

He chose the town as the departure port on many of his voyages to the Arctic and Subarctic. The departures were festive occasions.

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Bath's Historic Downtown - The Customs House

… was to house the Collector of Customs for the Port of Bath and the United States Post Office. The job of the Customs Collector was to collect taxes…

My Maine Stories

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Moving from Washington to Maine with the Navy
by Tom Jarvis

Maine's forests, mill history, and volunteer work keep me here


30 years of business in Maine
by Raj & Bina Sharma

30 years of business, raising a family, & showcasing our culture in Maine


A Note from a Maine-American
by William Dow Turner

With 7 generations before statehood, and 5 generations since, Maine DNA carries on.