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Historical Items

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Item 148227

Portland and Grove Streets, with entrance to Deering Oaks, Portland, 1887

Contributed by: City of Portland - Planning & Development Date: 1887-08-13 Location: Portland Media: Photgraphic print

Item 148229

Prospect Point, Western Promenade, Portland, 1887

Contributed by: City of Portland - Planning & Development Date: 1887 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 68014

Staples house, Lubec, 1975, 1975

Contributed by: Lubec Historical Society Date: 1975 Location: Lubec Media: Kodachrome slide

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 110446

Peters residence, Mount Desert, 1992-2008

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1992–2008 Location: Mount Desert Client: Alton Peters Architect: Landscape Design Associates

Item 149139

Thorndike residence topographic survey, Bar Harbor, 1975-2010

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1975–2010 Location: Bar Harbor Client: Elizabeth Thorndike Architect: Scott Knoiecko, AIA

Item 149184

Farrand Rose Garden restoration plan, Bar Harbor, 1929-1990

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1929–1990 Location: Bar Harbor Client: College of the Atlantic Architect: Patrick Chasse; Landscape Design Associates

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.


Maine Medical Center, Bramhall Campus

Maine Medical Center, founded as Maine General Hospital, has dominated Portland’s West End since its construction in 1871 on Bramhall Hill. As the medical field grew in both technological and social practice, the facility of the hospital also changed. This exhibit tracks the expansion and additions to that original building as the hospital adapted to its patients’ needs.


Home: The Longfellow House & the Emergence of Portland

The Wadsworth-Longfellow house is the oldest building on the Portland peninsula, the first historic site in Maine, a National Historic Landmark, home to three generations of Wadsworth and Longfellow family members -- including the boyhood home of the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The history of the house and its inhabitants provide a unique view of the growth and changes of Portland -- as well as of the immediate surroundings of the home.

Site Pages

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Thomaston: The Town that Went to Sea - 1940 to Present Day

"The town retains a handful of 18th century structures and about 400 original 19th century structures - including Federal, Greek Revival, Gothic…"

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Western Maine Foothills Region - Regional and Town History

"While the region retains its rural small-town nature, inhabitants can much more easily commute to jobs in those cities and even Portland to the south."

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Farmington: Franklin County's Shiretown - Agriculture

"The building today, still retains its boardwalk style front. One side of Lowell's was devoted to dry goods such as: overalls, Aunt Lydia’s carpet…"

My Maine Stories

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History of Forest Gardens
by Gary Libby

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