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Historical Items

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Item 4007

Eastern Maine Insane Hospital, Bangor, 1896

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1896 Location: Bangor Media: Architectural drawing

Item 6030

House sketch, Cushing's Island, ca. 1883

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1883 Location: Portland Media: Architectural drawing

Item 10839

Architectural drawing, Kineo cottage, 1901

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1901-04-30 Location: Kineo Media: Architectural drawing, ink on paper

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 109790

Alterations in Window for Hon. D. J. McGillicuddy, Lewiston, ca. 1920

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1920 Location: Lewiston Owner: D. J. McGillicuddy Commission Type: Architecture

Item 109826

Porch for Mr. C.H. Osgood, Lewiston, ca. 1912

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1912 Location: Lewiston Owner: C. H. Osgood Commission Type: Architecture

Item 109843

Porch to House for Mr. William D. Pennell, Lewiston, 1899

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1899 Location: Lewiston Owner: William, D. Pennell Commission Type: Architecture


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Good Will-Hinckley: Building a Landscape

The landscape at the Good Will-Hinckley campus in Fairfield was designed to help educate and influence the orphans and other needy children at the school and home.


The Life and Legacy of the George Tate Family

Captain George Tate, mast agent for the King of England from 1751 to the Revolutionary War, and his descendants helped shape the development of Portland (first known as Falmouth) through activities such as commerce, shipping, and real estate.


A Snapshot of Portland, 1924: The Taxman Cometh

In 1924, with Portland was on the verge of profound changes, the Tax Assessors Office undertook a project to document every building in the city -- with photographs and detailed information that provide a unique view into Portland's architecture, neighborhoods, industries, and businesses.

Site Pages

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Thomaston: The Town that Went to Sea - Architecture

Architecture Text by Margaret McCrea. Images from Maine Historical Society, Montpelier: the General Henry Knox Museum, and Thomaston Historical…

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Thomaston: The Town that Went to Sea - Thomaston Architecture in the 20th Century

Thomaston Architecture in the 20th Century Corner of Hyler and Green Streets, Thomaston, Maine 2009Item Contributed byThomaston Historical…

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Maine's Swedish Colony, July 23, 1870 - Architecture

Architecture The original state-constructed dwellings (as well as those subsequently built by the first settlers) were 18’ X 26’ rectangular…

My Maine Stories

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21st and 19th century technology and freelance photography
by Brendan Bullock

My work is a mash-up of cutting edge technology and 19th century chemistry techniques.


Co-founding Halcyon Yarn and learning to weave
by Hector Jaeger

Moving to Maine, Halcyon Yarn, and rediscovering the joy of weaving


History of Forest Gardens
by Gary Libby

This is a history of one of Portland's oldest local bars

Lesson Plans

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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.

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Longfellow Studies: "The Jewish Cemetery at Newport"

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12 Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies
Longfellow's poem "The Jewish Cemetery at Newport" opens up the issue of the earliest history of the Jews in America, and the significant roles they played as businessmen and later benefactors to the greater community. The history of the building itself is notable in terms of early American architecture, its having been designed, apparently gratis, by the most noted architect of the day. Furthermore, the poem traces the history of Newport as kind of a microcosm of New England commercial cities before the industrialization boom. For almost any age student the poem could be used to open up interest in local cemeteries, which are almost always a wealth of curiousities and history. Longfellow and his friends enjoyed exploring cemeteries, and today our little local cemeteries can be used to teach little local histories and parts of the big picture as well. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow visited the Jewish cemetery in Newport, RI on July 9, 1852. His popular poem about the site, published two years later, was certainly a sympathetic portrayal of the place and its people. In addition to Victorian romantic musings about the "Hebrews in their graves," Longfellow includes in this poem references to the historic persecution of the Jews, as well as very specific references to their religious practices. Since the cemetery and the nearby synagogue were restored and protected with an infusion of funding just a couple years after Longfellow's visit, and later a congregation again assembled, his gloomy predictions about the place proved false (never mind the conclusion of the poem, "And the dead nations never rise again!"). Nevertheless, it is a fascinating poem, and an interesting window into the history of the nation's oldest extant synagogue.