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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - CONTACT

BY EMAIL: reference@mcarthur.lib.me.us *Please include "BIDDEFORD HERITAGE PROJECT" in the subject of your email.*

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - ABOUT US

… can't be fun? X McArthur Public Library McArthur Public Library opened as the Biddeford Public Library in 1863; it was a city department and…

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - The Civil War/Reconstruction Era as Experienced in Biddeford & Saco - Page 11 of 17

1864McArthur Public Library Soon after the surrender of Fort Sumter, President Abraham Lincoln called nationally for volunteers, requiring Maine to…

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - RESOURCES

(DC.34) McArthur Library Special Collections. (N, C) National archives project. Ships registers and enrollments of Saco, Maine, 1791-1915.

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - EXPLORE the history of Biddeford, Maine...

… Project Aspire, Biddeford Historical Society, and McArthur Public Library. X About the Biddeford History & Heritage Project...

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - VII. Flow and ebb: the effects of industrial peak & global upheaval (1900-1955) - Page 2 of 3

… Hospital (Southern Maine Medical Center) and the McArthur Public Library. The Franco community, while shunning assimilation for "la survivance" of…

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - The Civil War & Biddeford

… towns." Lydia Swan McArthur, wife of Robert McArthur, 1861McArthur Public Library "That same devotion to the cause of right let us still…

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - VIII. Changing course and new beginnings (1955-Present) - Page 1 of 2

McArthur Library, 2010. Photograph by Devin Ouellette, Biddeford High School. X The demise of these large scale manufacturers meant that for…

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - The MCHP Experience: In Our Own Words

… themselves." -Raymond Gaudette, President McArthur Public Library Sally captures the action during the Museum in the Streets tour X "It's…

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - Artists and Inventors of Biddeford

1865McArthur Public Library In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries the in-migration of people from other cultures, such as the Irish and…

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - V. A Cascade of Booms & Busts (1790-1865) - Page 1 of 3

… Nathaniel Goodwin of Biddeford, 1818McArthur Public Library After the Revolution was fought and won, life began again in Biddeford, along with…

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - VII. Flow and ebb: the effects of industrial peak & global upheaval (1900-1955) - Page 1 of 3

… Main Street, Biddeford, 1909McArthur Public Library At the turn of the century Biddeford was a place of opportunity, of excitement, of…

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - VI. The deluge of industrial expansion & immigration (1865-1900) - Page 2 of 2

… & Horigan Grocery Store, Biddeford, 1899McArthur Public Library While most immigrants were drawn to the area to work in the huge textile mills…

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - V. A Cascade of Booms & Busts (1790-1865) - Page 3 of 3

John R. Andrews, Biddeford, ca. 1861McArthur Public Library CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT BIDDEFORD DURING THE CIVIL WAR (1861-65) Because of the…

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - II. Ripples of change: European exploration & settlement at Winter Harbor - Page 1 of 2

1915McArthur Public Library Biddeford's coastal location and partially navigable river meant that it was noticed quite early by Europeans.

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - The Civil War/Reconstruction Era as Experienced in Biddeford & Saco - Page 17 of 17

… Civil War Veterans of Biddeford, 1916McArthur Public Library Reality dawned on the citizens of Biddeford and Saco as soldiers returned home.

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - The Civil War/Reconstruction Era as Experienced in Biddeford & Saco - Page 1 of 17

1870McArthur Public Library By Paige S. Pandora University of Southern Maine Biddeford and Saco were up-and-coming areas when the Civil War struck.

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - The Civil War/Reconstruction Era as Experienced in Biddeford & Saco - Page 7 of 17

… Laconia Mills, Biddeford, 1875McArthur Public Library The Pepperell Mill in Biddeford was the life blood for the small city during the…

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - The Civil War/Reconstruction Era as Experienced in Biddeford & Saco - Page 8 of 17

1894McArthur Public Library As more businesses and industries were using the local water ways advantageously, nearly 17 sawmills were erected in…

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - The Civil War/Reconstruction Era as Experienced in Biddeford & Saco - Page 3 of 17

… on the Saco River, Biddeford-Saco, 1908McArthur Public Library The ice harvesting flourished during the 1870s and 1880s.

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - Cities of Smoke and Soot

… Aftermath of Harmon's Corner Fire, 1911McArthur Public Library Headline about the fire which consumed Biddeford's City Building on December 31…

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - VII. Flow and ebb: the effects of industrial peak & global upheaval (1900-1955) - Page 3 of 3

… of Biddeford High School Olympian, 1924McArthur Public Library During the first decades of the 20th century output was high in terms of people and…

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - II. Ripples of change: European exploration & settlement at Winter Harbor - Page 2 of 2

1910McArthur Public Library The earliest settlers lived almost entirely in the area immediately near the mouth of the river and on the large hill…