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Historical Items

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Item 12226

Auburn Colony Association, South Harpswell, ca. 1890

Contributed by: Pejepscot History Center Date: circa 1890 Location: Harpswell Media: Photograph, print

Item 100653

The Art Colony, Perkins Cove, Ogunquit, ca. 1936

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1936 Location: Ogunquit Media: Postcard

Item 105898

Squirrel Island, ca. 1910

Contributed by: Penobscot Marine Museum Date: circa 1910 Location: Southport Media: Glass Plate Negative


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Popham Colony

George Popham and a group of fellow Englishmen arrived at the mouth of the Kennebec River, hoping to trade with Native Americans, find gold and other valuable minerals, and discover a Northwest passage. In 18 months, the fledgling colony was gone.


Summer Folk: The Postcard View

Vacationers, "rusticators," or tourists began flooding into Maine in the last quarter of the 19th century. Many arrived by train or steamer. Eventually, automobiles expanded and changed the tourist trade, and some vacationers bought their own "cottages."


Poland Spring: Summering in Fashion

During the Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century, Americans sought to leave increasing urban, industrialized lives for the health and relaxation of the country. The Poland Spring resort, which offered a beautiful setting, healing waters, and many amenities, was one popular destination.

Site Pages

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Maine's Swedish Colony, July 23, 1870 - The Coming of the Swedes, 1870-73

A survey of the Colony in 1873 found that a population of 600 had cleared 1500 acres of land and built 130 homes and nearly 130 barns.

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - James Montgomery Flagg

… James Montgomery Flagg (1877-1960) was a summer resident of Biddeford Pool who became famous as an artist and illustrator.

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Blue Hill, Maine - Discover the Story of Blue Hill - Page 3 of 4

The so-called rusticators came to Blue Hill's summer colony on steamships that met their passengers at the railhead in Rockland.

My Maine Stories

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How Belfast was the Chicken Capital of the Northeast
by Ralph Chavis

My memories of spending time in Belfast as a child when my father worked in the chicken industry.


Pandemic ruminations and the death of Rose Cleveland
by Tilly Laskey

Correlations between the 1918 and 2020 Pandemics


A Note from a Maine-American
by William Dow Turner

With 7 generations before statehood, and 5 generations since, Maine DNA carries on.