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Historical Items

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Item 35624

View of Portland after the great fire, 1866

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1866-07-06 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper, lithograph

Item 1215

Federal Street, looking toward Congress Street, Portland, ca. 1882

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1882 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 35628

Map of 1866 Portland Fire

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1866-07-04 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper

Online Exhibits

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Home: The Longfellow House & the Emergence of Portland

The Wadsworth-Longfellow house is the oldest building on the Portland peninsula, the first historic site in Maine, a National Historic Landmark, home to three generations of Wadsworth and Longfellow family members -- including the boyhood home of the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The history of the house and its inhabitants provide a unique view of the growth and changes of Portland -- as well as of the immediate surroundings of the home.


Luxurious Leisure

From the last decades of the nineteenth century through about the 1920s, vacationers were attracted to large resort hotels that promised a break from the noise, crowds, and pressures of an ever-urbanizing country.


Fallen Heroes: Last of the Jewish WWII Veterans

Listen to recordings from the last of the World War II Jewish veterans.

Site Pages

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Life on a Tidal River - Narrative

Bangor began to experience urban sprawl with the opening of its first malls. These malls gave Bangor citizens up-to-date shopping facilities with…

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Home: The Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Portland - The House, 1786-1960

Gradually, the house was no longer in a rural setting. But Portland and the nature of urban life has changed dramatically.

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Life on a Tidal River - William S. Cohen, The Man and the School

… have now all been torn down as part of an urban renewal project in the 1960's.) However, education was very important to Bill Cohen's family.

My Maine Stories

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Scientist Turned Artist Making Art Out of Trash
by Ian Trask

Bowdoin College alum returns to midcoast Maine to make environmentally conscious artwork