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Item 6135

T.C. Mcleary, Portland, ca. 1908

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1908 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 6674

Gorham's Corner, Portland, ca. 1904

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1904 Location: Portland Media: ink on paper

Item 28425

Patrick Sheriden naturalization certificate, Portland, 1848

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1848-10-09 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper

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Irish Immigrants in Nineteenth Century Maine

With the popularity of all things Irish in modern America, many people have forgotten the difficulties faced by nineteenth century Irish immigrants.


The Irish on the Docks of Portland

Many of the dockworkers -- longshoremen -- in Portland were Irish or of Irish descent. The Irish language was spoken on the docks and Irish traditions followed, including that of giving nicknames to the workers, many of whose given names were similar.


400 years of New Mainers

Immigration is one of the most debated topics of debate in Maine. Controversy aside, immigration is also America's oldest tradition, and along with religious tolerance, what our nation was built upon. Since the first people--the Wabanaki--permitted Europeans to settle in the land now known as Maine, we have been a state of immigrants.

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Maine Irish Heritage Center

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