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Historical Items

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Item 8093

Charles Vaughan, Hallowell, ca. 1820

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1820 Location: Hallowell Media: Oil on canvas, phototransparency

Item 18163

Public House sketch, Bangs Island, 1829

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1829 Location: Portland; Cushing Island Media: Pencil on paper

Item 18703

Codman and Savage's House in 1775

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1775 Location: Portland Media: Pencil on paper

Online Exhibits

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Debates Over Suffrage

While numerous Mainers worked for and against woman suffrage in the state in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, some also worked on the national level, seeking a federal amendment to allow women the right to vote


Cosmopolitan stylings of Mildred and Madeleine Burrage

Born in Portland, sisters Mildred Giddings Burrage (1890-1983) and Madeleine Burrage (1891-1976) were renowned artists and world travelers. Mildred's experiences studying painting in Paris and Italy, and the sisters' trips to Mexico and Guatemala inspired their artwork and shared passions for cosmopolitan and stylish attire. Housed at Maine Historical Society, The Burrage Papers include selections of original advertising drawings called "line sheets" from Parisian fashion houses dating from 1928 to 1936. Images of Madeleine's gemstone jewelry and Mildred's artwork accompany intimate family photographs of the sisters.


A City Awakes: Arts and Artisans of Early 19th Century Portland

Portland's growth from 1786 to 1860 spawned a unique social and cultural environment and fostered artistic opportunity and creative expression in a broad range of the arts, which flowered with the increasing wealth and opportunity in the city.

Site Pages

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Dancing Fraternity, City of Bangor, 1868

"Dancing Fraternity, City of Bangor, 1868 John Martin: "Terpsichorian of the Old School" John Martin, Bangor, ca."

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Part 1, pages 000-26

"Part 1, pages 000-26 Martin begin his Scrap & Sketch Book with information about the Bangor House and Franklin House, and his theme throughout much…"

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Intro: pages 139-194

"Intro: pages 139-194   Part 3, pages 139-194 Approximately 1840-1844 John Martin, still a teenager in the experiences he recollected, already…"

My Maine Stories

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Monument Square 1967
by C. Michael Lewis

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