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Category: Government, Politics & Law, Crime, Vice & Punishment

Historical Items

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Item 11032

Vincent L. McKusick, 1981

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1981-03-10 Location: Augusta Media: Photographic print

Item 12803

Phinehas Barnes, Portland, 1863

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1863 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 13645

Smith trial jurors, Bucksport, 1877

Contributed by: Bucksport Historical Society Date: 1877 Location: Bucksport Media: Photographic print

Online Exhibits

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Prohibition in Maine in the 1920s

Federal Prohibition took hold of America in 1920 with the passing of the Volstead Act that banned the sale and consumption of all alcohol in the US. However, Maine had the Temperance movement long before anyone was prohibited from taking part in one of America's most popular past times. Starting in 1851, the struggles between the "drys" and the "wets" of Maine lasted for 82 years, a period of time that was everything but dry and rife with nothing but illegal activity.


Passing the Time: Artwork by World War II German POWs

In 1944, the US Government established Camp Houlton, a prisoner of war (POW) internment camp for captured German soldiers during World War II. Many of the prisoners worked on local farms planting and harvesting potatoes. Some created artwork and handicrafts they sold or gave to camp guards. Camp Houlton processed and held about 3500 prisoners and operated until May 1946.


Prisoners of War

Mainers have been held prisoners in conflicts fought on Maine and American soil and in those fought overseas. In addition, enemy prisoners from several wars have been brought to Maine soil for the duration of the war.

Site Pages

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Rum, Riot, and Reform - Overview & Introduction

Overview & Introduction Cache of liquor, Portland, 1920Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Maine played a central role in the United…

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Rum, Riot, and Reform - Why Study the History of Drinking?

Why Study the History of Drinking? The history of drinking in Maine and America is rich and complex.

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Rum, Riot, and Reform - Temperance Membership

… Temperance Membership Back to: 1820 to 1865: Temperance and the Maine Law "The results of our agitation will be the expulsion from all the…

My Maine Stories

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If You Knew My Story
by Anonymous (Maine State Prison)

A story about incarceration in Maine


Used, Abused, Battered, and Confused
by Anonymous (Maine Correctional Center)

The experience of domestic violence and the criminal justice system in Maine


Margaret Moxa's Blanket Coat
by Jennifer Neptune

A contemporary artwork in memory of Penobscots murdered for scalp bounties.