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Historical Items

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Item 31711

Bessey School, Scarborough, ca. 1926

Contributed by: Rodney Laughton through Scarborough Historical Society & Museum Date: circa 1926 Location: Scarborough Media: Slide, transparency

Item 100843

Bethel House, Chapman House, Bethel Hill, ca. 1875

Contributed by: Bethel Historical Society Date: circa 1875 Location: Bethel Media: Stereograph

Item 99327

Dixfield Common Schoolhouse, Dixfield Centre, ca. 1900

Contributed by: Dixfield Historical Society Date: circa 1900 Location: Dixfield Media: Photographic print


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A Town Is Born: South Bristol, 1915

After being part of the town of Bristol for nearly 150 years, residents of South Bristol determined that their interests would be better served by becoming a separate town and they broke away from the large community of Bristol.


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.


Otisfield's One-Room Schoolhouses

Many of the one-room schoolhouses in Otisfield, constructed from 1839 through the early twentieth century, are featured here. The photos, most of which also show teachers and children, were taken between 1898 and 1998.

Site Pages

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Western Maine Foothills Region - Regional and Town History

… history and identity, but they all have much in common besides orphaned stone walls, abandoned cellar holes, and discontinued roads.

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Thomaston: The Town that Went to Sea - Georges Valley High School

This project has allowed community members a common endeavor to focus on with students in two classes.

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Thomaston: The Town that Went to Sea - Thomaston Expands - 1805 to 1846

… Block, each constructing their own unit, sharing common walls. In the late 19th century, pre-existing wooden stores were gradually replaced with…

My Maine Stories

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My father, Earle Ahlquist, served during World War II
by Earlene Chadbourne

Earle Ahlquist used his Maine common sense during his Marine service and to survive Iwo Jima


Reverend Thomas Smith of First Parish Portland
by Kristina Minister, Ph.D.

Pastor, Physician, Real Estate Speculator, and Agent for Wabanaki Genocide


I have thought about Vietnam almost every day for 48 years
by Ted Heselton

Working as a heavy equipment operator in Vietnam