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Historical Items

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Item 100283

Anshe Sfard synagogue being demolished, Portland, 1983

Contributed by: Abraham Schechter through Maine Historical Society Date: 1983-08-08 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 100341

Boarded-up buildings, Portland, 1966

Contributed by: Maine Department of Transportation Date: 1966 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 81708

Hancock Street building, Bangor, ca. 1976

Contributed by: Raymond H. Fogler Library Date: circa 1976 Location: Bangor Media: Photographic print

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 109333

Kenduskeag Stream Urban Renewal Project, Bangor, 1968-1975

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1968–1975 Location: Bangor; Bangor Client: City of Bangor Architect: Eaton W. Tarbell

Item 109328

Paine Hotel and Business Complex, urban renewal site B-11, study, Bangor, 1972-1973

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1972–1973 Location: Bangor Client: Paine Hotel and Business Complex Architect: Eaton W. Tarbell

Online Exhibits

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Anshe Sfard, Portland's Early Chassidic Congregation

Chassidic Jews who came to Portland from Eastern Europe formed a congregation in the late 19th century and, in 1917, built a synagogue -- Anshe Sfard -- on Cumberland Avenue in Portland. By the early 1960s, the congregation was largely gone. The building was demolished in 1983.


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.


Civil War Soldiers Impact Pittsfield

Although not everyone in town supported the war effort, more than 200 Pittsfield men served in Civil War regiments. Several reminders of their service remain in the town.

Site Pages

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - VIII. Changing course and new beginnings (1955-Present) - Page 2 of 2

… last 15 years or so to create a sense of hope and renewal in this plucky city. More development has taken place in the industrial and shopping…

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Historic Hallowell - Important Buildings and Institutions

In the 1960s an urban renewal proposal and a highway construction plan threatened to demolish many historic buildings in the downtown area.

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Historic Hallowell - History Celebrated, Threatened and Preserved

Neither fire nor flood nor urban renewal have altered significantly this remarkable grouping that developed at the riverfront during Hallowell’s…

My Maine Stories

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A Lifelong Romance with Retail
by George A Smith

Maine's once plentiful small retail stores.


Monument Square 1967
by C. Michael Lewis

The background story and research behind a commissioned painting of Monument Square.


Redlining and the Jewish Communities in Maine
by David Freidenreich

Federal and state policies created unfair housing practices against immigrants, like redlining.