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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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Life on a Tidal River - Four Important Women of Bangor

Four Important Women of Bangor Text by The 7th Grade Maine Studies Students of the William S. Cohen School.

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Life on a Tidal River - Bangor: Lumber Capital of the World

Bangor: Lumber Capital of the World View of the City of Bangor, 1837Item Contributed byBangor Historical Society Lumber along waterfront…

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Life on a Tidal River - Early Railroads in Bangor - Page 1 of 2

Early Railroads in Bangor By William Cook, Archivist/Special Collections Librarian, Bangor Public Library Knickerbocker Express, ca.

My Maine Stories

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Margaret Moxa's Blanket Coat
by Jennifer Neptune

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


We Are An Ordinary Family
by Catherine

Maine's abolitionists offer an answer to my questions about my family's experiences.


Thoughts of Freedom
by Raymond

Painting my thoughts and loves while incarcerated at Maine State Prison