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Historical Items

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Item 12904

Hallway, State Theater, Portland

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1930 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 12905

Lounge, State Theater, Portland

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1930 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 12903

Staircase, State Theater, Portland

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1930 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Exhibits

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Exhibit

Le Théâtre

Lewiston, Maine's second largest city, was long looked upon by many as a mill town with grimy smoke stacks, crowded tenements, low-paying jobs, sleazy clubs and little by way of refinement, except for Bates College. Yet, a noted Québec historian, Robert Rumilly, described it as "the French Athens of New England."

Exhibit

We Used to be "Normal": A History of F.S.N.S.

Farmington's Normal School -- a teacher-training facility -- opened in 1863 and, over the decades, offered academic programs that included such unique features as domestic and child-care training, and extra-curricular activities from athletics to music and theater.

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Strike Up the Band

Before the era of recorded music and radio, nearly every community had a band that played at parades and other civic events. Fire departments had bands, military units had bands, theaters had bands. Band music was everywhere.

Site Pages

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Presque Isle: The Star City - State Street Theater

The Bridgham brothers owned the theater. The first movie that played was “The Strange Love of Martha Ivers” starring Barbara Stanwyck and Van Heflin.

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Lincoln, Maine - Lincoln Theater

… byLincoln Historical Society The movie theater would connect to my life today, because we don’t have a movie theater anymore and everyone has to…

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Skowhegan Community History - Lakewood Theater

Lakewood Theater by Jenna Jones and Jaime Bacon Lakewood Theater X In 1895, the Somerset Traction Company of Skowhegan created a small…

My Maine Stories

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Story

My father, Earle Ahlquist, served during World War II
by Earlene Chadbourne

Earle Ahlquist used his Maine common sense during his Marine service and to survive Iwo Jima

Story

Portland in the 1940s
by Carol Norton Hall

As a young woman in Portland during WWII, the presence of servicemen was life changing.

Story

History of Forest Gardens
by Gary Libby

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