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

Historical Items

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Item 25809

Maine State Prison, Thomaston, ca. 1915

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1915-02-03 Location: Thomaston Media: Photograph on postcard

Item 26126

Maine State Prison yard, Thomaston, ca. 1915

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1915 Location: Thomaston Media: Postcard

Item 26479

Aroostook County Jail, Houlton, 1895

Contributed by: Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library Date: 1895 Location: Houlton; Chicago Media: Photographic print

Online Exhibits

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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.

My Maine Stories

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Thoughts of Freedom
by Raymond

Painting my thoughts and loves while incarcerated at Maine State Prison