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Category: Arts & Entertainment, Cinema & Theater, Theaters

Historical Items

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Item 12858

Elm Street, Portland, 1920

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1920 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 12894

State Theater, Portland, ca. 1930

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1930 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 12895

Gem Theater, Peaks Island, ca. 1900

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

Site Pages

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Surry by the Bay - Early Settlement

Early Settlement Copy of Surry and Ellsworth map, ca. 1880Item Contributed byMaine Historical Society Border Dispute Originally, Surry…

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Surry by the Bay - Surry Today

Surry Today Home to about 1,300 residents, Surry today is a vibrant town boasting an active, creative, and diverse citizenry, many of whom are…

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Surry by the Bay - Welcome

Welcome Come to SurryItem Contributed bySurry Historical Society Welcome to the Hancock County coastal community of Surry.

My Maine Stories

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Movie Theaters in Portland Maine in the 1940s
by Ralph Bolduc

Ralph Bolduc shared his memories growing up in the movie theaters of Portland Maine in the 1940s.

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Memories of working at the Criterion Theatre
by Vernon L. Cox

Working as a teenager with projectionest Roy Blake at the Criterion Theater

Lesson Plans

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Building Community/Community Buildings

Grade Level: 6-8 Content Area: Social Studies
Where do people gather? What defines a community? What buildings allow people to congregate to celebrate, learn, debate, vote, and take part in all manner of community activities? Students will evaluate images and primary documents from throughout Maine’s history, and look at some of Maine’s earliest gathering spaces and organizations, and how many communities established themselves around certain types of buildings. Students will make connections between the community buildings of the past and the ways we express identity and create communities today.