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Historical Items

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Item 71879

Main Street, North Bridgton, ca. 1938

Contributed by: Boston Public Library Date: circa 1938 Location: Bridgton Media: Linen texture postcard

Item 71871

Main Street, Westbrook, ca. 1938

Contributed by: Boston Public Library Date: circa 1936 Location: Westbrook Media: Linen texture postcard

Item 64233

Upper Main Street, Strong, ca. 1909

Contributed by: Strong Historical Society Date: circa 1909 Location: Strong Media: Glass Negative

Tax Records

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Item 73799

50 Rockland Avenue, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Orin Main Use: Dwelling - Two family

Item 63140

41 Middle Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Clementina A. Leo Use: Dwelling - Two Family and Store

Item 87315

121-125 York Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Portland Street Sprinkling Company Use: Storage

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 111995

State Street Congregational Church alterations, Portland, 1892-1893

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1892–1893 Location: Portland Client: State Street Congregational Church Architect: John Calvin Stevens

Item 111968

State Street Church parsonage, Portland, 1927-1928

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1927–1928 Location: Portland Client: State Street Church Architect: John Calvin Stevens and John Howard Stevens Architects

Item 109465

Factory for Bates Street Shirt Co., Lewiston, 1912

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1912 Location: Lewiston; Lewiston Client: Bates Street Shirt Co. Architect: Coombs Brothers Architects

Online Exhibits

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Maine Streets: The Postcard View

Photographers from the Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Co. of Belfast traveled throughout the state, especially in small communities, taking images for postcards. Many of these images, taken in the first three decades of the twentieth century, capture Main Streets on the brink of modernity.


KVVTI's Gilman Street Campus, 1978-1986

The Gilman Street building began its life in 1913 as Waterville High School, but served from 1978 to 1986 as the campus of Kennebec Valley Vocational Technical Institute. The building helped the school create a sense of community and an identity.


Amazing! Maine Stories

These stories -- that stretch from 1999 back to 1759 -- take you from an amusement park to the halls of Congress. There are inventors, artists, showmen, a railway agent, a man whose civic endeavors helped shape Portland, a man devoted to the pursuit of peace and one known for his military exploits, Maine's first novelist, a woman who recorded everyday life in detail, and an Indian who survived a British attack.

Site Pages

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Lincoln, Maine - Main Street

"… Street   Roger Morrison Interview on Main Street Main Street Looking North, 2010 photo courtesy of Roger Stevens X Main Street Looking…"

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Bath's Historic Downtown - 94 Front Street

"… Street By Kyle Hietala The Building Front Street, in Bath, Maine has been one of the most densely packed business areas throughout the city’s…"

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Mantor Library, University of Maine Farmington

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

My Maine Stories

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Orphanage on Revere Street
by anonymous

An orphanage operated by a Mrs. Oliver on 54 Revere Street in Portland, Maine in 1930.


30 years of business in Maine
by Raj & Bina Sharma

30 years of business, raising a family, & showcasing our culture in Maine


Michael Reilly: preserving an iconic family business
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center

The story behind Reilly's Bakery, at the heart of Biddeford’s Main Street for 100+ years

Lesson Plans

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Portland History: "My Lost Youth" - Longfellow's Portland, Then and Now

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12 Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow loved his boyhood home of Portland, Maine. Born on Fore Street, the family moved to his maternal grandparents' home on Congress Street when Henry was eight months old. While he would go on to Bowdoin College and travel extensively abroad, ultimately living most of his adult years in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he never forgot his beloved Portland. Years after his childhood, in 1855, he wrote "My Lost Youth" about his undiminished love for and memories of growing up in Portland. This exhibit, using the poem as its focus, will present the Portland of Longfellow's boyhood. In many cases the old photos will be followed by contemporary images of what that site looked like 2004. Following the exhibit of 68 slides are five suggested lessons that can be adapted for any grade level, 3–12.