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Historical Items

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Item 27105

Hotel Register, Islesboro, 1898

Contributed by: Islesboro Historical Society Date: 1898 Location: Islesboro Media: Ink on paper

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Item 16112

Hotel Sorrento

Contributed by: Sullivan and Sorrento Historical Society Date: circa 1900 Location: Sorrento; Sullivan Media: Photographic print

Item 17197

Shore Acres Hotel, Lamoine, 1927

Contributed by: Lamoine Historical Society Date: 1927 Location: Lamoine Media: Photographic print

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 111265

Alterations for Poland Spring House, South Poland, 1880

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1880 Location: Poland Client: unknown Architect: Fasset and Stevens Architects

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Mt. Kineo House, Kineo Township, 1917-1926

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1917–1926 Location: Kineo Township Client: unknown Architect: John Calvin Stevens and John Howard Stevens Architects

Item 111546

Cottage for Francis Cushing on Cushing Island, Portland, ca. 1896

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1896 Location: Portland Client: Francis Cushing Architect: John Calvin Stevens

Online Exhibits

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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.


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.


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."

Site Pages

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Ocean View Hotel

Ocean View Hotel Ocean View Hotel porch, Swan's Island, ca. 1900Swan's Island Historical Society The Ocean View Hotel was located at 241…

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Islesboro--An Island in Penobscot Bay - Summer Resorts

… of Ryder’s Cove and Hewes Point, the Dark Harbor summer people valued a more natural, rugged summer experience, including walking on the stone…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Summer Pleasures

Summer Pleasures Dale Stockbridge and Galen Turner, Swan's Island, ca. 1965Swan's Island Historical Society Playing at the beach, Swan's…

My Maine Stories

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The Cup Code (working at OOB in the 1960s)
by Randy Randall

Teenagers cooking fried food in OOB and the code used identify the product and quantity.


Monument Square 1967
by C. Michael Lewis

The background story and research behind a commissioned painting of Monument Square.


Norcross Deer Hunting
by Albert Fowler

How hunting has impacted my life