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Item 17125

Mary Champernowne power of attorney, Kittery, 1700

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1700 Location: Kittery Media: Ink on paper

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Item 17381

William Whipple, Kittery

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1775 Media: Ink on paper

Item 23811

Josiah Pierce probate account, Baldwin, ca. 1830

Contributed by: Pierce Family Collection through Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1830 Location: Baldwin Media: Ink on paper

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Unlocking the Declaration's Secrets

Fewer than 30 copies of the first printing of the Declaration of Independence are known to exist. John Dunlap hurriedly printed copies for distribution to assemblies, conventions, committees and military officers. Authenticating authenticity of the document requires examination of numerous details of the broadside.


Land Claims, Economic Opportunities?

The landmark 1980 Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement Act provided $81.6 million to Maine Indians for economic development, land purchase and other purposes. The money and increased land holdings, however, have not solved economic and employment issues for Maine Indians.


Clean Water: Muskie and the Environment

Maine Senator Edmund S. Muskie earned the nickname "Mr. Clean" for his environment efforts during his tenure in Congress from 1959 to 1980. He helped created a political coalition that passed important clean air and clean water legislation, drawing on his roots in Maine.

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City of Portland Planning & Urban Development

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