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Historical Items

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Item 12554

Empty Howitzer shell casings, Portland Company, ca. 1918

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1918 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 202

Maine Street, Brunswick, ca. 1870

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1870 Location: Brunswick Media: Photographic print

Item 1057

North Anson, ca. 1905

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1905 Location: North Anson Media: Photographic print

Online Exhibits

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A Focus on Trees

Maine has some 17 million acres of forest land. But even on a smaller, more local scale, trees have been an important part of the landscape. In many communities, tree-lined commercial and residential streets are a dominant feature of photographs of the communities.


Prohibition in Maine in the 1920s

Federal Prohibition took hold of America in 1920 with the passing of the Volstead Act that banned the sale and consumption of all alcohol in the US. However, Maine had the Temperance movement long before anyone was prohibited from taking part in one of America's most popular past times. Starting in 1851, the struggles between the "drys" and the "wets" of Maine lasted for 82 years, a period of time that was everything but dry and rife with nothing but illegal activity.


Harry Lyon: An Old Sea Dog Takes to the Air

Through a chance meeting, Harry Lyon of Paris Hill became the navigator on the 1928 flight of the Southern Cross, the first trans-Pacific flight. His skill as a navigator, despite his lack of experience, was a key factor on the flight's success.

Site Pages

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Presque Isle: The Star City - Harvesting Potatoes - Page 8 of 13

The truck was driven back to the potato field so that the empties could be dropped onto the picker's sections.

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Thomaston: The Town that Went to Sea - Prison leaves Thomaston - 2002

… demolished in April of that year, leaving a wide empty grassy field and the southeast corner of the former prison wall remaining.

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Soldier, Bangor, ca. 1860

… a fine cotton shirt with linen dickey a knapsack empty and a pair of fine calf boots with either white silk or white cotton gloves with red stripes…

My Maine Stories

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Classroom Time Capsule
by Anna Bennett

On March 12, 2020, I left my classroom not knowing I wouldn't return again for months.


A Lifelong Romance with Retail
by George A Smith

Maine's once plentiful small retail stores.


Apple Time - a visit to the ancestral farm
by Randy Randall

Memories from childhood of visiting the family homestead in Limington during apple picking time.