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Historical Items

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Item 105898

Squirrel Island, Southport, ca. 1910

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

Item 18634

Colonial Hall

Contributed by: Jesup Memorial Library Date: circa 1925 Location: Bar Harbor Media: Photographic print

Item 105873

Cottages at Long Cove Point, Bristol, ca. 1920

Contributed by: Penobscot Marine Museum Date: circa 1920 Location: Bristol Media: Glass Plate Negative

Architecture & Landscape

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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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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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Beyond Borders - Mapping Maine and the Northeast Boundry - Wabanaki Agency in the Proprietor Records - Page 5 of 5

… Land Deeds in Early Maine,” Ethnohistory 36:3 (Summer, 1989), pp. 235-256) 3. Richardson, H. W., William M. Sargent, Leonard Bond Chapman, and E.

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - VII. Flow and ebb: the effects of industrial peak & global upheaval (1900-1955) - Page 2 of 3

… even with winter homes "in town" and then summer cottages out at the Pool or towards Kennebunkport.

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.