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Historical Items

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Item 101443

John Martin Dancing Fraternity card, Bangor 1868

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society and Maine State Museum Date: 1868 Location: Bangor Media: Lithograph

Item 21614

Lucy Johnson's Dancing Class, Skowhegan, 1927

Contributed by: Skowhegan History House Date: 1927 Location: Skowhegan Media: Photographic print

Item 8568

Christmas views, 1866

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1866 Media: Ink on paper

Tax Records

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Item 69047

915 Ocean Avenue, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Danish Park Association Use: Dance Hall

Item 73128

48 Riverside Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Dennis D. DeCormier Use: Dance Hall

Item 54647

Assessor's Record, 509 Forest Avenue, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Joseph R. Rollins et als Use: Dance Hall

Online Exhibits

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The Trolley Parks of Maine

At the heyday of trolleys in Maine, many of the trolley companies developed recreational facilities along or at the end of trolley lines as one further way to encourage ridership. The parks often had walking paths, dance pavilions, and various other entertainments. Cutting-edge technology came together with a thirst for adventure and forever changed social dynamics in the process.


Remembering Mellie Dunham: Snowshoe Maker and Fiddler

Alanson Mellen "Mellie" Dunham and his wife Emma "Gram" Dunham were well-known musicians throughout Maine and the nation in the early decades of the 20th century. Mellie Dunham also received fame as a snowshoe maker.


Indians at the Centennial

Passamaquoddy Indians from Washington County traveled to Portland in 1920 to take part in the Maine Centennial Exposition. They set up an "Indian Village" at Deering Oaks Park.

Site Pages

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Dancing Fraternity, City of Bangor, 1868

The waltz and polka were more intimate dances – couples dancing as partners, the man's hand on the woman's waist, the two facing one another – and…

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Dancing, Bangor, ca. 1865

He wrote under the illustration, "Of all the amusements in the world Dancing properly conducted is the most innocent, civil, cheapest, and…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Dance

Dance Musicians for dances at Mertic Morrison's restaurant, Swan's Island, ca.1968Item Contributed bySwan's Island Educational Society Dancing

My Maine Stories

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Saturday Evening Dances at the Westport Town Hall
by Deborah G. Greenleaf

Fond Memories of Westport Island


Dancing through barriers
by Garrett Stewart

My Dad performed on the Dave Astor Show in Portland during the civil rights era.


Aurore Morin & Huguette Paquette: immigrating to Biddeford
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center

The experience of a young mother and her teenage sister making the transition from Quebec to Maine.