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Historical Items

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Item 36237

Customs office, Lubec, 1963

Contributed by: Lubec Historical Society Date: 1963 Location: Lubec Media: Photographic print

Item 27869

U.S. Treasury Department letter to the Bath Collector of Customs, 1884

Contributed by: Patten Free Library Date: 1790–1884 Location: Bath Media: Ink on paper

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Item 102079

Ruins of the Merchant Exchange / U.S. Custom House, Portland, 1854

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1857 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Online Exhibits

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Port of Portland's Custom House and Collectors of Customs

The collector of Portland was the key to federal patronage in Maine, though other ports and towns had collectors. Through the 19th century, the revenue was the major source of Federal Government income. As in Colonial times, the person appointed to head the custom House in Casco Bay was almost always a leading community figure, or a well-connected political personage.


George F. Shepley: Lawyer, Soldier, Administrator

George F. Shepley of Portland had achieved renown as a lawyer and as U.S. Attorney for Maine when, at age 42 he formed the 12th Maine Infantry and went off to war. Shepley became military governor of Louisiana early in 1862 and remained in the military for the duration of the war.


Designing Acadia

For one hundred years, Acadia National Park has captured the American imagination and stood as the most recognizable symbol of Maine’s important natural history and identity. This exhibit highlights Maine Memory content relating to Acadia and Mount Desert Island.

Site Pages

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Bath's Historic Downtown - The Customs House

Snow was U.S. Postmaster. The U.S. Post Office moved to its present site on Washington Street in 1975.

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Bath's Historic Downtown - History Overview

And, the Customs House, originally built in 1858, was expanded toward the river in 1911, doubling its floor space while retaining its architectural…

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Bath's Historic Downtown - Project Resources

Bath 7.5 minute U.S.G.S.Quadrangle, 2000. Microfilm Newspapers: Bath Daily Tribune 1855-1858; Bath Independent 1879-1961; Bath Daily Times 1862-1967…

My Maine Stories

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An enjoyable conference, Portland 2021
by John C. Decker, Danville, Pennsylvania

Some snippets from a 4-day conference by transportation historians in Portland, September 7-11, 2021


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.