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Historical Items

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Item 12894

State Theater, Portland, ca. 1930

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

Item 12904

Hallway, State Theater, Portland, ca. 1930

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

Item 12905

Lounge, State Theater, Portland, ca. 1930

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

Tax Records

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Item 38558

414-424 Congress Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Estate of Michael Lunch Ellen J. O'Neil et als Trustees Use: Seven stores & Theater

Item 63334

205-207 Middle Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Joseph S. Bernstein Use: Print Shop & Store

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 110061

Actor's bungalow for Lakewood Inc., ca. 1935

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1935 Location: Madison Client: Lakewood Inc. Architect: John P. Thomas

Item 109609

Theatre at Fort Fairfield, Fort Fairfield, 1913

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1913 Location: Fort Fairfield Client: unknown Architect: Harry S. Coombs

Item 110195

Columbia Theater reconstruction, S.R.E.A. Theater, Bath, 1937-1943

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1937–1943 Location: Bath Client: Sagadahoc Real Estate Association Architect: John Calvin Stevens John Howard Stevens Architects

Online 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

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.

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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.

Site Pages

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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…

Site Page

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…

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Presque Isle: The Star City - Braden Theater

It re-opened on Saturday, March 1, 2009. The theater still has three screens. The first movies that played at the re-opened theater were: “There Will…

My Maine Stories

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Story

Memories of working at the Criterion Theatre
by Vernon L. Cox

Working as a teenager with projectionest Roy Blake at the Criterion Theater

Story

Movie Theaters in Portland Maine in the 1940s
by Ralph Bolduc

Ralph Bolduc shared his memories growing up in the movie theaters of Portland Maine in the 1940s.

Story

Sister Madeleine Couture: Dedicating her life to teaching
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center

The story of a life immersed in family and teaching

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Building Community/Community Buildings

Grade Level: 6-8 Content Area: Social Studies
Where do people gather? What defines a community? What buildings allow people to congregate to celebrate, learn, debate, vote, and take part in all manner of community activities? Students will evaluate images and primary documents from throughout Maine’s history, and look at some of Maine’s earliest gathering spaces and organizations, and how many communities established themselves around certain types of buildings. Students will make connections between the community buildings of the past and the ways we express identity and create communities today.