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Historical Items

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Item 100973

U.S. Forest Service scale measuring logs, Bear Pond, 1939

Contributed by: National Archives at Boston Date: 1939 Location: Waterford Media: Photographic print

Item 100974

U.S. Forest Service log scaler, Bear Pond, 1939

Contributed by: National Archives at Boston Date: 1939 Location: Waterford Media: Photographic print

Item 104415

Logging with oxen on Town Forest land, Troy, ca. 1940

Courtesy of Neil Piper, an individual partner Date: circa 1940 Location: Troy Media: Photographic print

Tax Records

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Item 54474

Assessor's Record, 248-252 Forest Avenue, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Forest City Filling Station Use: Garage, public

Item 54475

Assessor's Record, 248-252 Forest Avenue, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Forest City Filling Station Use: Storage - Oil

Item 54471

248-252 Forest Avenue, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Forest City Filling Station

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 116618

Forest Street Grammar School, Westbrook, 1894

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1894 Location: Westbrook Client: unknown Architect: John Calvin Stevens

Item 109217

Forest B. Marsh apartments, Bangor, 1947

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1947 Location: Bangor Client: Forest B. Marsh Architect: Eaton W. Tarbell

Item 110115

Building at 234 Forest Avenue for Clough & Maxim Co., Portland, 1922-1927

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1922–1927 Location: Portland Client: Clough & Maxim Co. Architect: John P. Thomas; Poor & Thomas

Online Exhibits

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The Establishment of the Troy Town Forest

Seavey Piper, a selectman, farmer, landowner, and leader of the Town of Troy in the 1920s through the early 1950s helped establish a town forest on abandoned farm land in Troy. The exhibit details his work over ten years.


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.


Looking Out: Maine's Fire Towers

Maine, the most heavily forested state in the nation, had the first continuously operational fire lookout tower, beginning a system of fire prevention that lasted much of the twentieth century.

Site Pages

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Maine Forest Service

View collections, facts, and contact information for this Contributing Partner.

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Strong, a Mussul Unsquit village - Early Schools

"… very early school buildings was erected in the forest by the settlers in the Thomas Wright District. in the upper portion of East Strong."

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Strong, a Mussul Unsquit village - Prominent Women

"… the next year published her first book of poetry, Forest Buds from the Woods of Maine, under the pseudonym Florence Percy."

My Maine Stories

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Catching live bait with Grandfather
by Randy Randall

We never bought live bait for fishing. Grandfather caught all the minnows and shiners we needed.


Cleaning Fish or How Grandfather and Grandmother got by
by Randy Randall

Grandfather and Grandmother subsisted on the fish Grandfather caught, not always legally.


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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Longfellow Studies: The American Wilderness? How 19th Century American Artists Viewed the Separation Of Civilization and Nature

Grade Level: 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies, Visual & Performing Arts
When European settlers began coming to the wilderness of North America, they did not have a vision that included changing their lifestyle. The plan was to set up self-contained communities where their version of European life could be lived. In the introduction to The Crucible, Arthur Miller even goes as far as saying that the Puritans believed the American forest to be the last stronghold of Satan on this Earth. When Roger Chillingworth shows up in The Scarlet Letter's second chapter, he is welcomed away from life with "the heathen folk" and into "a land where iniquity is searched out, and punished in the sight of rulers and people." In fact, as history's proven, they believed that the continent could be changed to accommodate their interests. Whether their plans were enacted in the name of God, the King, or commerce and economics, the changes always included – and still do to this day - the taming of the geographic, human, and animal environments that were here beforehand. It seems that this has always been an issue that polarizes people. Some believe that the landscape should be left intact as much as possible while others believe that the world will inevitably move on in the name of progress for the benefit of mankind. In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby – a book which many feel is one of the best portrayals of our American reality - the narrator, Nick Carraway, looks upon this progress with cynicism when he ends his narrative by pondering the transformation of "the fresh green breast of a new world" that the initial settlers found on the shores of the continent into a modern society that unsettlingly reminds him of something out of a "night scene by El Greco." Philosophically, the notions of progress, civilization, and scientific advancement are not only entirely subjective, but also rest upon the belief that things are not acceptable as they are. Europeans came here hoping for a better life, and it doesn't seem like we've stopped looking. Again, to quote Fitzgerald, it's the elusive green light and the "orgiastic future" that we've always hoped to find. Our problem has always been our stoic belief system. We cannot seem to find peace in the world either as we've found it or as someone else may have envisioned it. As an example, in Miller's The Crucible, his Judge Danforth says that: "You're either for this court or against this court." He will not allow for alternative perspectives. George W. Bush, in 2002, said that: "You're either for us or against us. There is no middle ground in the war on terror." The frontier -- be it a wilderness of physical, religious, or political nature -- has always frightened Americans. As it's portrayed in the following bits of literature and artwork, the frontier is a doomed place waiting for white, cultured, Europeans to "fix" it. Anything outside of their society is not just different, but unacceptable. The lesson plan included will introduce a few examples of 19th century portrayal of the American forest as a wilderness that people feel needs to be hesitantly looked upon. Fortunately, though, the forest seems to turn no one away. Nature likes all of its creatures, whether or not the favor is returned. While I am not providing actual activities and daily plans, the following information can serve as a rather detailed explanation of things which can combine in any fashion you'd like as a group of lessons.