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Item 6816

Kotzschmar Hall program, Portland, 1896

Contributed by: Portland Public Library Date: 1896-03-27 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper

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Frances Western Apthorp Vaughan, Hallowell, ca. 1820

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1820 Location: Hallowell Media: Oil on canvas, phototransparency

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American Silk Grower magazine, 1839

Courtesy of Jacqueline Field, an individual partner Date: 1839 Media: Ink on paper


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Big Timber: the Mast Trade

Britain was especially interested in occupying Maine during the Colonial era to take advantage of the timber resources. The tall, straight, old growth white pines were perfect for ships' masts to help supply the growing Royal Navy.


A City Awakes: Arts and Artisans of Early 19th Century Portland

Portland's growth from 1786 to 1860 spawned a unique social and cultural environment and fostered artistic opportunity and creative expression in a broad range of the arts, which flowered with the increasing wealth and opportunity in the city.


Portland Hotels

Since the establishment of the area's first licensed hotel in 1681, Portland has had a dramatic, grand and boisterous hotel tradition. The Portland hotel industry has in many ways reflected the growth and development of the city itself. As Portland grew with greater numbers of people moving through the city or calling it home, the hotel business expanded to fit the increasing demand.

Site Pages

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Mercy Hospital - Growth & Expansion - Page 1 of 2

Growth & Expansion Text contributions from Ian Saxine, MHS Historian. Items courtesy of Mercy Hospital.

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Mercy Hospital - Growth & Expansion - Page 2 of 2

Growth & Expansion Mercy Hospital technician, Portland, ca. 1941Item Contributed byMercy Hospital Mercy’s expansion allowed it to continue to…

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - V. A Cascade of Booms & Busts (1790-1865) - Page 1 of 3

… again in Biddeford, along with another period of growth. The shift from the Pool to Falls Village began in earnest.

My Maine Stories

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A New Beginning for Wabanaki Land Relationships
by John Banks

Wabanaki leadership in land stewardship


Norcross Deer Hunting
by Albert Fowler

How hunting has impacted my life


History of Forest Gardens
by Gary Libby

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