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Historical Items

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Item 101496

Cella's Club Orchestra, Biddeford, 1929

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: 1929 Location: Sanford Media: Glass Negative

Item 6181

Portland Municipal Orchestra, season 1927-28

Contributed by: Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ Date: circa 1928 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 7601

Good Will School Orchestra, Fairfield, 1920

Contributed by: L.C. Bates Museum / Good Will-Hinckley Homes Date: 1920 Location: Fairfield Media: Photographic print

Exhibits

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Strike Up the Band

Before the era of recorded music and radio, nearly every community had a band that played at parades and other civic events. Fire departments had bands, military units had bands, theaters had bands. Band music was everywhere.

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Remembering Mellie Dunham: Snowshoe Maker and Fiddler

Alanson Mellen "Mellie" Dunham and his wife Emma "Gram" Dunham were well-known musicians throughout Maine and the nation in the early decades of the 20th century. Mellie Dunham also received fame as a snowshoe maker.

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The Kotzschmar Memorial Organ

A fire and two men whose lives were entwined for more than 50 years resulted in what is now considered to be "the Jewel of Portland" -- the Austin organ that was given to the city of Portland in 1912.

Site Pages

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - Pierre Painchaud

Pierre Painchaud Philharmonic Orchestra, Biddeford, ca. 1901 Item 34121 infoMcArthur Public Library Pierre Painchaud himself mastered the…

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Farmington: Franklin County's Shiretown - Farewell appearance of Lillian Nordica, London, ca. 1913

1914. Her performance with the London Symphony Orchestra is an indication of the high regard in which she was held.

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New Portland: Bridging the Past to the Future - North New Portland Village

Mercurias Orchestra was next, followed by Foss' Dance Orchestra, then came the Fine Black Aces. New Portland seems to have a rich musical history.