The original, the authentic, the real Portland is in Maine. Settled in 1633 and officially named in 1788, Maine’s largest city is unexpectedly influential in many key events in America’s history (including Oregon’s city being named after Maine’s Portland on a coin flip), but it has managed to remain one of the great American seaport cities on the East Coast. First-time visitors are delighted to discover a “lovely city” when expecting a small fishing town, or to discover a “charming town” when expecting to encounter a overwhelming city . . . but no one ever seems disappointed! Noted as a “U.S. Destination on the Rise” by Trip Advisor for consecutive years, then one better on National Geographic’s Best Small City list as the “Most Instagrammed City” the eclectic mix of cosmopolitan city, working waterfront, creative economy, and historical and cultural center appeals to the millions that flock here. What makes this city of only 66,000 so surprising to so many is the number of restaurants, theaters, museums, galleries, and performing arts venues available—rivaling urban areas more than ten times its size. This second edition of 100 Things to Do in Portland, Maine Before You Die gives you life beyond the guidebooks—the real Portland. It’s a glimpse into the amazing events, food, activities, and secrets that even locals may not know. Paperback. 144 pgs.
This publication of the Baxter Society (letterpress edition, hand-bound) explores the libraries, literary collections, booksellers, publications, and general bibliomania extant in the state of Maine. Several historical photos and bookplates are included. 2004 hardcover, 77 pages.
This book reveals a new chapter in the documentation of Portland's musical and cultural history. "Behind the Pipes" is the absorbing tale of the Kotzschmar Memorial Organ and the stories and controversies that whirled around it. The book follows the history of the organ from its donation to the present day and tells the colorful stories of the organ's musicians and caretakers. Janice Parkinson-Tucker presents much previously undocumented material in this tribute to the Kotzschmar Memorial Organ, often called the jewel of Portland. This is the second book in the Kotzschmar series, also including "A Maine Woman's Travel Letters: Mrs. Hermann Kotzschmar's 1897 Grand Tour" and "Hermann Kotzschmar: an Appreciation." Casco House Publishing, 2005 paperback, 115 pages.
This is the fascinating history of how over the years park advoctaes in Portland, Maine, overcame formidable obstacles and developed one of the country's finest park systems in a medium-sized city. In hardcover.
This book celebrates the preservation of seventeen brightly painted banners that were carried by members of the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association in an 1841 Portland parade. In 2010 these proud emblems of the nineteenth century working class were threatened with dispersal to private collections and out-of-state institutions. Maine's cultural community came to the rescue by purchasing them at auction and placing them at the Maine Historical Society. Each color image of the banner is accompanied with a history of the trade it represents as well as historic photos, prints, or other related documents. Historical background on the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association, the Portland banner parade of 1841, Portland's merchantile ecomony in the 1820s, and a history of Mechanic Associations in New England are also included. Paperback. 59 pgs.
Combining two of Eric Sloane's popular little etiquette guides, this hardcover collection offers cozy, homespun advice that recalls a kindly, less hectic time. Culled from early American almanacs and diaries, hundreds of brief reflections cover proper behavior for "At the Table" and "In Dress and Habits" as well as tips on carpentry, housework, weather, and more. 144 Hardcover
Every English language writer knows "The Elements of Style". The book's mantra, make every word tell, is still on point. This much-loved classic, now in its 4th edition, will forever be the go-to guide when in need of a hint to make a turn of phrase clearer or a reminder on how to enliven prose with the active voice. Kalman's 57 illustrations give the revered work a jolt of new energy! Paperback. 156 pgs.
Flatlander definition: anyone not from Maine! This book offers visitors, transplants, wary guests, and anyone else uninitiated in the way of the Pine Tree State a well researched and finely illustrated educational guidebook. Readers will learn about the state's culture, attractions, animals, plants, history, lingo, and many other important aspects of Maine life. A fun read. Full color illustrations throughout. Paperback. 98 pgs.
This is a story of the feud involving the author's great grandmother and her children from 1955 to 1922. Sarah Hodgkin's arrangements for her care in her old age erupted into a battle over control of the family homestead and the family members' use of the courts to harass one another. This interesting and well-researched tale includes maps, photographs, and extended notes and references. Paperback, 166 pages.
This book tells the story of Consumers Water Company and includes many anecdotes never before revealed to the general public. The Company was organized in 1926 by seven entrepreneurs, six of whom lived in the state of Maine. With virtually no cash investment but, rather, with some hard work, creative financing, and plenty of guts, they soon created a multimillion dollar water utility holding and management company. Written by John van C. Parker. Hardcover, 160 pages.
The final volume in a three-part series, this book is a lasting tribute to the man who solidly established Portland as a center for musical excellence in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Hermann Kotzschmar was a German immigrant who arrived in Portland in 1849 with a passion for music. At his death in 1908 he left a city well-endowed with a rich musical heritage. Other books in this series, "A Maine Woman's Travel Letters: Mrs. Hermann Kotschmar's 1897 Grand Tour," and "Behind the Pipes: The Story of the Kotschmar Organ" are also available from Maine Historical Society. 2006 paperback, 152 pages.
Published by the Maine Historical Society in 1974, this bibliography is arranged as follows: (A) General Works, (B) Local Items, (C) Vessel Descriptions, (D) Allied Trades, (E) Records and Stats (F) Newspapers, (G) Periodicals, (H) Society Publications, (I) Dissertations (J) Manuscript Collections and (K) Miscellaneous.
In April of 1897 Mrs. Hermann Kotzschmar of Portland, Maine made her first, eagerly anticipated trip to Europe. She traveled with seven others from Maine, including her daughter Dorothea who was between her second and third year at Smith College. During her five months away, Mrs. Kotzschmar sent 23 letters back to Portland's Daily Press and to The Kennebec Journal in Augusta. It was customary in this period for travelers to keep a diary, either in the form of a personal journal or as letters to family. It was more unusual to send such letters back to the local newspaper. The newspapers printed a disclaimer following the end of the first letter: "The Press will publish from time to time letters from Mrs. Kotzschmar describing her tour through Europe. These letters will probably appear weekly, the one we publish above is a guarantee that they will be bright, interesting and well worth reading." Twenty-two more letters, one written each week, were actually published. This book by Janice Parkinson-Tucker is the first in a series of books about the Kotzschmar family, also including "Behind the Pipes: the Story of the Kotzschmar Organ," and "Hermann Kotzschmar: An Appreciation." 2004 paperback, 278 pages.
Absorbing book describes, in detail, farm tools and kitchen implements and how they were made. Includes devices used by curriers, wheelwrights, coopers, blacksmiths, loggers, tanners, coachmakers, and other craftsmen of the pre-industrial age. An informal, expressively written book for cultural historians, woodcrafters, and Americana enthusiasts. 184 black-and-white illustrations. 128 Pgs Paperback
For those who enjoy adventure, and who want to know more about prospecting, the author relates some of the remarkable experiences he and his wife have had on Maine rivers. There are simple and easy to follow instructions on how to pan and sluice, tips on dredging, and a list of the better streams and locations in Maine where gold can be traced. The material is illustrated with a selection of old and rare photographs. Best are the people one meets in this book: some are strong-willed eccentrics, others are gentle souls, but all are caught in the spell--that enchantment--the search for gold. 1997 paperback, 181 pages.
"Portland is alive with history and with the future-in-the-making. It bustles with busy urban streets reflected in the windows of modern office buildings. It embraces the stillness of an island cloaked in snow. It contains ancient cobble streets and a bright modern art museum. It is a unique and colorful tapestry infused with the spirit of an enthusiastic people." From the Foreward.
This volume of photographs brings Portland to life. Hardcover, 124 pages.
The USS Portland, nicknamed "Sweet Pea," had an illustrious career. The heavy cruiser carried the biggest guns the Navy possessed after Pearl Harbor. After surviving 80 kamikaze attacks and taking part in many battles -- two at night -- the USS Portland was singled out to accept the Japanese surrender in 1945. Extensive research and interviews with members of the ship's crew make this a definitive history of the ship. Paperback. 290 pgs.