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Longfellow's Three Daughters

Contributed by: NPS, Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site Date: 1859 Location: Cambridge Media: oil on canvas

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Johnny Stringer, Artisan, Hallowell, ca. 1848

Contributed by: Hubbard Free Library Date: circa 1848 Location: Hallowell Media: Daguerreotype

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Children at beach, Lubec, ca. 1903

Contributed by: Lubec Historical Society Date: circa 1903 Location: Lubec Media: Trimmed photograph


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The Kotzschmar Memorial Organ

A fire and two men whose lives were entwined for more than 50 years resulted in what is now considered to be "the Jewel of Portland" -- the Austin organ that was given to the city of Portland in 1912.


This Rebellion: Maine and the Civil War

For Mainers like many other people in both the North and the South, the Civil War, which lasted from 1861-1865, had a profound effect on their lives. Letters, artifacts, relics, and other items saved by participants at home and on the battlefield help illuminate the nature of the Civil War experience for Mainers.


Drawing Together: Art of the Longfellows

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is best know as a poet, but he also was accomplished in drawing and music. He shared his love of drawing with most of his siblings. They all shared the frequent activity of drawing and painting with their children. The extended family included many professional as well as amateur artists, and several architects.

Site Pages

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Harbor Cottage, The Old Ell (“Mame’s House”), and the Big Barn

People spent their days toiling long hours to produce the basic necessities of life for themselves and their immediate family.

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Lubec, Maine - The Lighthouse at West Quoddy Head

… two 10-inch whistles were in operation 1,402 hours, consuming 128,085 pounds of coal.” By the turn of the century, the Canadian-invented Diaphone…

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Cumberland & North Yarmouth - Brothers of the Civil War

The scene was chaotic. “We were short of officers, our remaining line officers barely sufficing to furnish each company with a commander, some…

My Maine Stories

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How I broke the mold for women to serve in the military
by Mary D. McGuirk

My life and career as a USAF Nurse


The only letter to survive World War II
by Cyrene Slegona

Only one of many letters my father sent to his wife remained after he came home from World War II.


Growing up DownEast
by Darrin MC Mclellan

Stories of growing up Downeast