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Historical Items

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Item 29422

Brooks' Patent writing case, ca. 1864

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: circa 1864 Location: Biddeford Media: Leather, cotton, glass, metal

Item 1464

Letter from Elizabeth Chase to Rebecca Usher, New York, 1865

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1865 Media: Ink on paper

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Item 1451

Rebecca Usher diary, 1865

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1865 Location: City Point Media: Ink on paper

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Elise Fellows White: Music, Writing, and Family

From a violin prodigy in her early years to an older woman -- mother of two -- struggling financially, Skowhegan native Mary Elise Fellows White remained committed to music, writing, poetry, her extended family -- and living a life that would matter and be remembered.


Horace W. Shaylor: Portland Penman

Horace W. Shaylor, a native of Ohio, settled in Portland and turned his focus to handwriting, developing several unique books of handwriting instruction. He also was a talented artist.


Reading, Writing and 'Rithmetic: Brooklin Schools

When Brooklin, located on the Blue Hill Peninsula, was incorporated in 1849, there were ten school districts and nine one-room school houses. As the years went by, population changes affected the location and number of schools in the area. State requirements began to determine ways that student's education would be handled. Regardless, education of the Brooklin students always remained a high priority for the town.

Site Pages

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Blue Hill, Maine - Jonathan Fisher: Unlocking the Person Beyond the Parson

… copies of ) over 3,000 sermons, and many types of writings on liturgical subjects. He also served his ministerial calling by producing a book with…

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John Martin: Expert Observer - "A Society Lady of 1889," Bangor

… case is not costly but shows that the wearer is a person of fine taste which a poor person has the priviledge to enjoy if they make a study of the…

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Arvida Hayford, Bangor, ca. 1867

He wrote of Hayford, "The gentleman below has been noted as the hero of profligacy in Bangor for 25 years. I have given his person & expression…

My Maine Stories

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Vietnam Memoirs
by David Chessey



Langdon Burton and the Cold, Wet Tourists
by Phil Tedrick

A father and son have their vacation experience totally changed by an encounter with a fisherman