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Historical Items

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Item 17133

Dimoline Piano, c. 1915

Contributed by: Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum Date: circa 1915 Location: Littleton Media: Wood, ivory

Item 6325

Choral program for 'A Paderewski Evening'

Contributed by: Portland Public Library Date: 1895-11-19 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper

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Mystery Corner Item

Item 103258

Students gather around a piano on The Dave Astor Show, Portland, 1962

Mystery Corner Item Do you recognize these teenagers?

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1962 Location: Portland Media: Film transparency


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Hermann Kotzschmar: Portland's Musical Genius

During the second half of the 19th century, "Hermann Kotzschmar" was a familiar household name in Portland. He spent 59 years in his adopted city as a teacher, choral conductor, concert artist, and church organist.


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.


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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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Islanders At Play

That was equal to fifty-two pianos on the island. Family members would not only learn how to play the piano but many people could also play a guitar…

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Highlighting Historical Hampden - Expansion

Another first is the piano that General Crosby is said to have brought to Hampden around 1800; the first piano in the Penobscot Valley.

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Surry by the Bay - Surry Opera Company

… of a chorus from Aida, accompanied by two or more pianos, while an appreciative audience looked on. Begun in 1984 as an attempt to bring attention…

My Maine Stories

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What did I do during the Covid quarantine?
by Nasser Rohani from Baha'i Community

Individuals response to Covid and social distancing.


Portland in the 1940s
by Carol Norton Hall

As a young woman in Portland during WWII, the presence of servicemen was life changing.


Carrabassett Village and the Red Stallion Inn circa 1960
by David Rollins

The creation of Carrabassett Village and the Red Stallion Inn at Sugarloaf USA