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Historical Items

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Item 4148

Advertising card, Portland Packing Co., ca. 1870

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1867 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper

Item 11965

Portland map, 1773

Contributed by: City of Portland Dept. of Public Works Date: 1773 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper, map

Item 109

Chestnut Street School Thanksgiving, Portland, 1924

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: 1924 Location: Portland Media: Glass Negative

Tax Records

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Item 82915

8th Maine Regimental Assoc. property, S. Side 8th Maine Avenue, Peaks Island, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: 8th Maine Regimental Assoc. Use: Summer Dwelling

Item 86868

Storage, Portland Pier, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Proprietors of Portland Pier Use: Storage

Item 86874

Workshop, Portland Pier, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Proprietors of Portland Pier Use: Workshop


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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.


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.


J.A. Poor and the Portland-Montreal Connection

John A. Poor's determination in 1845 to bring rail service to Maine and to make Portland the winter port for Montreal, along with the steel foundry he started to build locomotives and many other products, helped boost the economy of Portland the state.

Site Pages

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Early Maine Photography - Portland Photographers

Five Portland photographers of this period are represented in the Maine Historical Society Collection: Marcus Ormsbee, George M.

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Early Maine Photography - Early Maine Photographs

1853Item Contributed byMaine Historical Society Maine Historical Society (MHS) has collected photographs since the emergence of photography in the…

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Early Maine Photography - Occupational

… at left) and the Reverend Asa Cummings of Portland each wear their ministerial collar. Captain Purington of Topsham and Captain Blanchard of…

My Maine Stories

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How to prepare "Paquet de poisson a la vapeur"
by Titi de Baccarat

Making Gabonese cuisine in Portland Maine


My Africa Book and living in Portland
by Titi de Baccarat

My art is about being an immigrant in the US, my pain, fear, uncertainty, and hope for my future


My Life in Boxing
by Bob Russo

Bob Russo on boxing and his life in Portland