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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - IV. Transitions and troubles: Private enterprise shoulders an island’s needs

IV. Transitions and troubles: Private enterprise shoulders an island’s needs Left with no reliable connection to the mainland and few secure sources…

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

Sports Organized Sports Swan's Island softball team, ca. 1978Item Contributed bySwan's Island Educational Society Much as the 1950s were all…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Seaside Hall

Seaside Hall View of Atlantic, Swan's Island, 1916Item Contributed bySwan's Island Educational Society Seaside Hall was built by the Atlantic…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Redmen's Hall

Redmen's Hall Waterfront with steamboat, Swan's Island, ca. 1920Item Contributed bySwan's Island Educational Society The Improved Order of Red…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Ocean View Hotel

Ocean View Hotel Ocean View Hotel porch, Swan's Island, ca. 1900Item Contributed bySwan's Island Educational Society The Ocean View Hotel was…

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

Quarrying Quarry men after work, Swan's Island, ca. 1900Item Contributed bySwan's Island Educational Society Granite quarrying was a…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Baird's Quarry

Baird's Quarry Swan's Island granite was quarried at sites around the island, providing work for many laborers and the businesses that supported…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - I. Canoes and Clamshells: The Pre-European Settlement Years

Canoes and Clamshells: The Pre-European Settlement Years Text by Kate Webber Images from the Swan's Island Historical Society Carrying Place X…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - II. Pinkies, wherries, skiffs and chebaccos: Early Settlement

II. Pinkies, wherries, skiffs and chebaccos: Early Settlement Photograph of a portrait of Colonel James Swan, 1795 X The beginnings of European…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - III. Boom, bustle, bust: The Steamboat Years to WWII

III. Boom, bustle, bust: The Steamboat Years to WWII Fishing and shipbuilding led the state of Maine into its “Golden Economic Age” in the 1850s, as…

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

Resources Images: Swan's Island Historical Society "Penobscot Nation Cultural & Historic Preservation Department." Penobscot Nation Cultural &…

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

Theater Dressing up, Swans Island, ca. 1930Item Contributed bySwan's Island Educational Society Theatrical performances often focused on…