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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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Portland Press Herald Glass Negative Collection - Portland Press Herald Glass Negative Collection

The Eastern Argus, which was founded in 1803, folded in January of 1921. The remaining papers were The Portland Daily Press, a paper owned by Senator…

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Portland Press Herald Glass Negative Collection - Along the Waterfront

Captain Berlin on the S.S. Isaac T. Mann, Portland, 1924Item Contributed byMaine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Fishermen aboard Herb…

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Portland Press Herald Glass Negative Collection - Aviation

… as noted in the January 1st, 1928 edition of the Portland Sunday Telegram, "In the matter of planes Maine has one commercial filer whose experience…

My Maine Stories

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Portland Bars: Carlo's and Boothby Square
by anonymous

Carlo Giobbi on his family's Portland Bars: Carlo's and Boothby Square


Movie Theaters in Portland Maine in the 1940s
by Ralph Bolduc

Ralph Bolduc shared his memories growing up in the movie theaters of Portland Maine in the 1940s.


Documenting Portland's Neighborhood Bars
by David Read

Peanut House, Sportsman's Grill and a proposal to document Portland's Neighborhood Bars

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

Lemuel Moody and the Portland Observatory

Grade Level: 3-5 Content Area: Social Studies
Lemuel Moody and the Portland Observatory Included are interesting facts to share with your students and for students, an interactive slide show available on-line at Maine Memory Network. The "Images" slide show allows students to place historical images of the Observatory in a timeline. Utilizing their observation skills students will place these images in chronological order by looking for changes within the built environment for clues. Also available is the "Maps" slide show, a series of maps from key eras in Portland's history. Students will answer the questions in the slide show to better understand the topography of Portland, the need for an Observatory and the changes in the landscape and the population centers.

Lesson Plan

My Lost Youth: Longfellow's Portland, Then and Now

Grade Level: 6-12 Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow loved his boyhood home of Portland, Maine. Born on Fore Street, the family moved to his maternal grandparents' home on Congress Street when Henry was eight months old. While he would go on to Bowdoin College and travel extensively abroad, ultimately living most of his adult years in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he never forgot his beloved Portland. Years after his childhood, in 1855, he wrote "My Lost Youth" about his undiminished love for and memories of growing up in Portland. This exhibit, using the poem as its focus, will present the Portland of Longfellow's boyhood. In many cases the old photos will be followed by contemporary images of what that site looked like 2004. Following the exhibit of 68 slides are five suggested lessons that can be adapted for any grade level, 3–12.

Lesson Plan

Mapping Portland, 1690 - 1900

Grade Level: 6-8 Content Area: Social Studies
Historical maps, like all historical documents, can be interpreted in many ways. This lesson plan uses five maps to trace the development of Portland from its earliest settlements.