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Historical Items

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Item 5988

Seaside Park, Old Orchard Beach, ca. 1900

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1890 Location: Old Orchard Beach Media: Photographic print

Item 6576

Kezar Lake

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1950 Location: Lovell; Stow Media: Photographic print

Item 7410

Dining hall at Camp Winnebago, 1957

Contributed by: Camp Winnebago Date: 1957 Location: Fayette Media: Photographic print


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MY ISLAND HOME: Verlie Colby Greenleaf of Westport Island

Verlie Greenleaf (1891-1992) bore witness to over a century of Westport Island's history. Many changes occurred during Verlie's 100-year life. Verlie Greenleaf donated photographs, personal notes, and sat for an interview in 1987, all part of the Westport Island History Committee's collection. Her words frame this exhibition, providing a first-person account of her life.


John P. Sheahan, 1st Maine Cavalry, 31st Maine Infantry

John P. Sheahan of Dennysville served in the 1st Maine Cavalry from August 1862 until March 1864 when he was commissioned as a lieutenant in Co. E of the 31st Maine Infantry. His letters reveal much about the life of a soldier, including political views and thoughts about the war.


War Through the Eyes of a Young Sailor

Eager to deal with the "Sesech" [Secessionists], young deepwater sailor John Monroe Dillingham of Freeport enlisted in the U.S. Navy as soon as he returned from a long voyage in 1862. His letters and those of his family offer first-hand insight into how one individual viewed the war.

Site Pages

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Summer Pleasures

… all ages, the summer free time was just so much fun. Trip to Stonington from Swan's Island, ca.

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Sports

Donkey Softball - a fun fundraiser David Carlson getting ready for donkey softball, Swans Island, 1978Item Contributed bySwan's Island…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Twentieth-Century Community Life

To add to the fun, Seal Harbor held an annual Old-Timers basketball game, pitting the village team against the "old-timers" outfitted in long-johns…

My Maine Stories

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"Mama sings 'get your hands up'": Maria's Diary June 2020
by Maria

Maria, 7 years old, records impressions of staying with her grandparents in Somesville in June 2020.


A Smart Horse
by Lynn Peasley Sanborn

The horse brings the hay home while the boys are swimming.


by Leslie

Having only moved to Maine alone 8 months prior, had to freeze my life