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Historical Items

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Item 40414

South Portland girls basketball, 1924

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

Item 21638

South Portland Heights School, 1960

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1960-02-04 Location: South Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 15294

Portland and South Portland, 1923

Contributed by: South Portland Public Library Date: 1923 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Tax Records

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Item 85633

Gate Tender's house, South Side Woodford Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Portland Terminal Company Use: Gate Tender's house

Item 76244

16 South Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Mark A. Sulkowitch Use: Apartments

Item 89767

42 South Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Grace Anderson Use: Dwelling

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 116485

Pine Street School, South Portland, 1927

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1927 Location: South Portland Client: City of South Portland Architect: John Calvin Stevens and John Howard Stevens Architects

Item 110220

South Portland Housing Authority aided housing for the elderly, South Portland, 1972

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1972 Location: South Portland Client: City of South Portland Architect: Wadsworth, Boston, Dimick, Mercer & Weatherill

Item 110051

Casino for Marielatus Club Lovietts Heights, South Portland, ca. 1905

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1905 Location: South Portland Client: Marielatus Club Architect: Frederick A. Tompson

Online Exhibits

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South Portland's Wartime Shipbuilding

Two shipyards in South Portland, built quickly in 1941 to construct cargo ships for the British and Americans, produced nearly 270 ships in two and a half years. Many of those vessels bore the names of notable Mainers.


A Town Is Born: South Bristol, 1915

After being part of the town of Bristol for nearly 150 years, residents of South Bristol determined that their interests would be better served by becoming a separate town and they broke away from the large community of Bristol.


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.

Site Pages

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Portland Water District

View collections, facts, and contact information for this Contributing Partner.

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

With the introduction of the Portland Herald, Senator Hale and his Daily Press began to feel pressure from their lower advertising revenues.

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New Portland: Bridging the Past to the Future - New Portland: Bridging the Past to the Future

The west line, also a part of the south line of New Portland, is the county line between Franklin and Somerset counties.

My Maine Stories

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An enjoyable conference, Portland 2021
by John C. Decker, Danville, Pennsylvania

Some snippets from a 4-day conference by transportation historians in Portland, September 7-11, 2021


Dancing through barriers
by Garrett Stewart

My Dad performed on the Dave Astor Show in Portland during the civil rights era.


History of Forest Gardens
by Gary Libby

This is a history of one of Portland's oldest local bars

Lesson Plans

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Longfellow Studies: Celebrity's Picture - Using Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Portraits to Observe Historic Changes

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies, Visual & Performing Arts
"In the four quarters of the globe, who reads an American book?" Englishman Sydney Smith's 1820 sneer irked Americans, especially writers such as Irving, Cooper, Hawthorne, and Maine's John Neal, until Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's resounding popularity successfully rebuffed the question. The Bowdoin educated Portland native became the America's first superstar poet, paradoxically loved especially in Britain, even memorialized at Westminster Abbey. He achieved international celebrity with about forty books or translations to his credit between 1830 and 1884, and, like superstars today, his public craved pictures of him. His publishers consequently commissioned Longfellow's portrait more often than his family, and he sat for dozens of original paintings, drawings, and photos during his lifetime, as well as sculptures. Engravers and lithographers printed replicas of the originals as book frontispiece, as illustrations for magazine or newspaper articles, and as post cards or "cabinet" cards handed out to admirers, often autographed. After the poet's death, illustrators continued commercial production of his image for new editions of his writings and coloring books or games such as "Authors," and sculptors commemorated him with busts in Longfellow Schools or full-length figures in town squares. On the simple basis of quantity, the number of reproductions of the Maine native's image arguably marks him as the country's best-known nineteenth century writer. TEACHERS can use this presentation to discuss these themes in art, history, English, or humanities classes, or to lead into the following LESSON PLANS. The plans aim for any 9-12 high school studio art class, but they can also be used in any humanities course, such as literature or history. They can be adapted readily for grades 3-8 as well by modifying instructional language, evaluation rubrics, and targeted Maine Learning Results and by selecting materials for appropriate age level.

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Maine in the News: World War I Newspaper Project

Grade Level: 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson plan is designed to introduce students to the important role that Maine played in World War I. Students will act as investigators in order to learn about the time period as well as the active role that Maine took on.