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Historical Items

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Item 108636

High school building, Topsham, ca. 1910

Contributed by: Penobscot Marine Museum Date: circa 1910 Location: Topsham Media: Glass Plate Negative

Item 81367

Former Casco Bank Building, Bridgton, ca. 1938

Contributed by: Bridgton Historical Society Date: circa 1938 Location: Bridgton Media: Ink on paper, photograph

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Item 82321

City Hall, Ellsworth, ca. 1940

Contributed by: Ellsworth Public Library Date: circa 1940 Location: Ellsworth Media: Postcard

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 111988

Skowhegan municipal building, Skowhegan, 1907-1914

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1907–1914 Location: Skowhegan Client: Town of Skowhegan Architect: John Calvin Stevens and John Howard Stevens Architects

Item 111985

Skowhegan municipal building, Skowhegan, 1907-1908

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1907–1908 Location: Skowhegan Client: Town of Skowhegan Architect: John Calvin Stevens and John Howard Stevens Architects

Item 109892

County and municipal building, Rumford, 1915-1916

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1915–1916 Location: Rumford Client: Town of Rumford Architect: Harry S. Coombs

Online Exhibits

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From Sewers to Skylines: William S. Edwards's 1887 Photo Album

William S. Edwards (1830-1918) was a civil engineer who worked for the City of Portland from 1876-1906. Serving as First Assistant to Chief Engineer William A. Goodwin, then to Commissioner George N. Fernald, Edwards was a fixture in City Hall for 30 consecutive years, proving indispensable throughout the terms of 15 Mayors of Portland, including all six of those held by James Phineas Baxter. Edwards made significant contributions to Portland, was an outstanding mapmaker and planner, and his works continue to benefit historians.


Port of Portland's Custom House and Collectors of Customs

The collector of Portland was the key to federal patronage in Maine, though other ports and towns had collectors. Through the 19th century, the revenue was the major source of Federal Government income. As in Colonial times, the person appointed to head the custom House in Casco Bay was almost always a leading community figure, or a well-connected political personage.


Civil Defense: Fear and Safety

In the 1950s and the 1960s, Maine's Civil Defense effort focused on preparedness for hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters and a more global concern, nuclear war. Civil Defense materials urged awareness, along with measures like storing food and other staple items and preparing underground or other shelters.

Site Pages

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Presque Isle: The Star City - Presque Isle’s Historic Fire Station

"The 1912 building served as the municipal court (top floor), fire house (main floor) and jail (cellar)."

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Guilford, Maine - Modern History: 1966 to Present

"… were modernizing and expanding, there was no municipal debt, several new businesses including a credit union arrived and even another great…"

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Guilford, Maine - PROJECT OVERVIEW - Page 2 of 2

"… Guilford Memorial Library – Our local “Four Star” municipal library. The library provides extensive research materials and access to computers and…"

My Maine Stories

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Biddeford City Hall: an in-depth tour of this iconic building
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center Voices of Biddeford project

Visual tour and unique insights of Biddeford’s historical landmark