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Category: Nature & Geography, Weather & Disasters

Historical Items

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Item 1340

Exchange Street after fire, Portland, 1866

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1866-07-12 Location: Portland Media: Stereograph

Item 30963

Blizzard, Lubec, January 1934, 1934

Contributed by: Lubec Historical Society Date: 1934 Location: Lubec Media: Photographic print

Item 52201

Flooded Main Street, Biddeford, ca. 1870

Contributed by: Dyer Library/Saco Museum Date: circa 1870 Location: Biddeford Media: Photographic print

Online Exhibits

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The Arrival of Winter

The astronomical arrival of winter -- also known as the winter solstice -- marks the year's shortest day and the season of snow and cold. It usually arrives on December 21.


Most Inconvenient Storm

A Portland newspaper wrote about an ice storm of January 28, 1886 saying, "The city of Portland was visited yesterday by the most inconvenient storm of the season."


Photojournalism & the 1936 Flood

Photojournalism & the 1936 Flood examines the monumental destruction caused by the historic flood of 1936 through the comprehensive and innovative photojournalism done by the Guy Gannett Publishing Company in the weeks surrounding the flood.

Site Pages

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Life on a Tidal River - William S. Cohen, The Man and the School

"William S. Cohen, The Man and the School William S. Cohen ca. 1944 Item courtesy of the University of Maine Special Collections."

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Life on a Tidal River - Dress Up Day

"Dress Up Day One of the favorite activities this year has been "Dress Up Day". Both Bill Cook of the Bangor Public Library and Dana Lippitt of the…"

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Life on a Tidal River - Bangor and Social Reform Movements of the 1800s-1900s

"Bangor and Social Reform Movements of the 1800s-1900s Text by The 7th Grade Maine Studies Students of the William S. Cohen School."

My Maine Stories

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Sustainable Futures
by Bill McKibben, Schumann Distinguished Scholar Middlebury College

Climate change is the biggest thing humans have ever done. So we need to think big as we take it on.


What does a warming climate mean for Maine?
by David Reidmiller

Climate change affects all aspects of life. What does this mean for Maine?


Anti-immigrant violence
by Matthew Jude Barker

Prejudice in Maine against immigrants dates back to at least the mid-1700s