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Historical Items

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Item 29338

Sprinkler wagon, Blue Hill, ca. 1910

Contributed by: Blue Hill Historical Society Date: circa 1910 Location: Blue Hill Media: Photograph on paper

Item 78957

Sargeant Drive, Northeast Harbor, ca. 1905

Contributed by: Mount Desert Island Historical Society Date: circa 1905 Location: Mount Desert Media: Postcard

Item 80702

Wabanaki encampment, Bar Harbor, ca. 1887

Contributed by: Maine Historic Preservation Commission Date: circa 1887 Location: Bar Harbor Media: Albumen print

Online Exhibits

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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.


Holding up the Sky: Wabanaki people, culture, history, and art

Learn about Native diplomacy and obligation by exploring 13,000 years of Wabanaki residence in Maine through 17th century treaties, historic items, and contemporary artworks—from ash baskets to high fashion. Wabanaki voices contextualize present-day relevance and repercussions of 400 years of shared histories between Wabanakis and settlers to their region.


A Riot of Words: Ballads, Posters, Proclamations and Broadsides

Imagine a day 150 years ago. Looking down a side street, you see the buildings are covered with posters and signs.

Site Pages

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Surry by the Bay - Surry Village School

… contributed by Surry Historical Society The Surry Village School opened on December 19, 1872. Herbert Tilden of Lewiston was the first teacher.

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Farmington: Franklin County's Shiretown - Railroad into the Village

… those to whom we must now look for the proper improvement of the advantages offered our citizens by the extension of the railroad to this village.

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Strong, a Mussul Unsquit village - Porter Lake

It became a continuing improvement project for several years. In 1963 the public beach was dedicated in memory of the late Milton Raymond Bean, a…