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Historical Items

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Item 29327

Confession letter from Dolly Fisher, Blue Hill, 1830.

Contributed by: Jonathan Fisher Memorial, Inc. Date: 1830 Location: Blue Hill Media: Ink on paper

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Item 16096

Portland City Hall Rum Room, ca. 1930

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1930 Location: Portland Media: Postcard

Item 18162

District of Passamaquoddy custom's receipt, Houlton, 1831

Contributed by: Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum Date: 1831-11-11 Location: Woodstock; Houlton Media: Ink on paper

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Online Exhibits

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Prohibition in Maine in the 1920s

Federal Prohibition took hold of America in 1920 with the passing of the Volstead Act that banned the sale and consumption of all alcohol in the US. However, Maine had the Temperance movement long before anyone was prohibited from taking part in one of America's most popular past times. Starting in 1851, the struggles between the "drys" and the "wets" of Maine lasted for 82 years, a period of time that was everything but dry and rife with nothing but illegal activity.


John Hancock's Relation to Maine

The president of the Continental Congress and the Declaration's most notable signatory, John Hancock, has ties to Maine through politics, and commercial businesses, substantial property, vacations, and family.


The Life and Legacy of the George Tate Family

Captain George Tate, mast agent for the King of England from 1751 to the Revolutionary War, and his descendants helped shape the development of Portland (first known as Falmouth) through activities such as commerce, shipping, and real estate.

Site Pages

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Surry by the Bay - Nineteenth Century

… wrote, “In the town of Surry we have not a single rum shop. In the town of Surry we have no drunken men that I know of.” Prohibition Postcard…

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Intro: pages 108-128

… in which those views lead him to rail against "rum sellers," the Irish, and any Catholics. Topics and people mentioned include: Patenburg Massacre…

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Pendleton & Ross stand, Bangor, 1864

… of wood and were filled with dry goods groceries Rum hard ware fish salt &c." He noted that in November 1865, the building was raised five or six…

My Maine Stories

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Maine and the Atlantic World Slave Economy
by Seth Goldstein

How Maine's historic industries are tied to slavery