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.
Four years in the making, City By the Sea II documents the city's transformation over the past 100 years by presenting an amazing array of vintage photographs culled from public and private collections all over the state and comparing each one with a contemporary image of the same vista, beautifully illustrating for modern viewers our rich cultural heritage, that which has become lost and that which remains. Hardcover. 200 pgs.
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.
Published in 2010, this book focuses on the architectural and social of Portland's off-peninsula area, including Deering and Stroudwater, from the 17 century through the mid 20th century. The authors conducted original research on the neighborhoods and buildings and uncovered numerous primary source documents and photographs that had never before been systematically studied or made readily accessible to the public. Indexed with a bibliography. Black & white photos throughout. Hardcover. 215 pgs.
The slate gravestones of southern Maine bear evidence to the regions fascinating history, from shipwrecks and famous wartime sea captains to countless ordinary citizens. Master stone-cutter Bartlett Adams memorialized the tragedy and triumph of the region in nearly two thousand gravestones. Through deep and original research, Ron Romano narrates the early history of southern Maine and examines the artistry and legacy carved in stone. Includes "Anatomy of a Gravestone" drawn by Holly Doggett, a list of Maine cemeteries surveyed by town, a bibliography and black & white photos throughout. Paperback. 171 pgs.
When Peleg Wadsworth built his family home on Congress Street in 1786, he could see the Fore River from his front door. The city grew up around the structure as the Wadsworth-Longfellow family flourished and made history within its walls. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote his first childhood poem in the house before going on to pen great classics including "Paul Revere's Ride" and Evangeline. Young Henry watched his father, Stephen, help craft the Maine Constitution and experienced revolutionary ideals of his home city. Step inside the historic Longfellow house and explore the city that shaped a beloved American poet. Black & white photos, maps and other images throughout. Paperback. 142 pgs.
The Irish have influenced the city of Portland since it was first established in the seventeenth century. Today's vibrant Catholic community owes its origins to Irish immigrants in Portland's earliest days, when beloved leaders like Father Ffrench provided solace to souls far from home. The church helped them adapt and adapted along with them, affecting the city in many ways. Portland's Irish faced discrimination, especially in the years before the Civil War, when anti-Irish sentiment surged and burnings and violence erupted, like the June 1855 Rum Riot. Despite this, many Portland Irish took up arms for the United States in the Civil War, and their participation in this conflict helped them become assimilated. Join local expert Matthew Jude Barker as he explores the triumphs and challenges of the Irish of Portland before the twentieth century. Paperback 160 pages
July 4, 1866, and the population of Portland, Maine was just beginning to recover after the Civil War. The weather had been very warm and dry and everyone was looking forward to celebrating. Late that afternoon, a young boy casually lit a firecracker in front of a woodworker's shop and, not thinking, tossed the explosive into the shop's yard covered with dry shavings. "The Night the Sky Turned Red" tells the story of the ensuing conflagration through the eyes and voices of those who lived through it. Foreword by Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. Paperback. 80 pgs.
The city of Portland and its surroundings, including the islands of Casco Bay, have inspired a wide range of art over the past 200 years. The “city by the sea,” as Longfellow famously called it, has been a visual talisman for a host of artists, from early masters like Harrison Bird Brown and John Bradley Hudson to a remarkable roster of contemporary painters. Subjects include many of the city’s signature buildings, including the Custom House and Portland Head Light, as well as street scenes, the waterfront, harbor, back bay, and surrounding landscapes—even the Million Dollar Bridge. Paintings of Portland features a wide range of motifs, in all seasons and represented by an array of styles - historical and contemporary. Hardcover. 136 pgs.
First published in 1972 with a second edition published in 1982, "Portland" has been the go-to guide for those interested in the history of the city. Complete with a street guide and map & a glossary of architectural terms, the chapters cover the history of Portland from settlement to statehood; statehood to disaster; and from the ashes - rebuilding the city. Architecture and lost buildings are also covered. Black & white photos throughout. Foreword to the second edition written by Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. Foreword to the first edition written by Charlton S. Smith. Paperback. 229 pgs.
The Portland Company commenced operations in 1846 in Portland, Maine, under the leadership of John A. Poor. It was founded primarily to manufacture railroad locomotives for the Atlantic and St. Lawrence Railroad. The company played a major role in the economy and development of the State of Maine and countinued in business until 1982, producing a wide range of cast-metal and fabricated products. This collection of photographs and captions gives you the feel of the old company. paper, 2002, 128 pages
The city of Portland, Maine, has an extraordinary history as a prominent seaport dating back to early colonial times. Few realize how heavily intertwined this history is with fire and firefighting. The motto of the city, Resurgam, is Latin for "I will rise again." The city symbol has long included the phoenix, a mythological bird that is said to arise from the ashes of its predecessor. With over 20 major conflagrations and four different fires that destroyed the majority of the city, both the symbol and the motto directly reference Portland's perseverance despite catastrophic fire. As the Portland Fire Department celebrates the 250th anniversary of the inception of organized fire protection on March 29, 1768, Portland Firefighting takes the reader on a photographic tour encompassing not only the department's history but also the development of firefighting through the centuries. Black & white photographs throughout. Paperback. 127 pgs.
Portland, Maine's culinary cache belies its size. The vibrant food scene boasts more that three hundred restaurants, as well as specialty food businesses, farmers' markets, pop-up dinners and food trucks. Local food writer Kate McCarty taps into the evolution of this little foodie city. Color and black & white photos throughout. Paperback. 159 pgs.
Portland is often associated with the mythological phoenix, the animal that rises out of the ashes of its apparent death. Life here has often been a struggle: to overcome the disastrous fires of 1775 and 1866; to rebuild after the change in Canadian policy in 1920 that devastated the waterfront; and to outlast the Depression and the other economic crises that have affected the area. The people of Portland have always faced these problems head on, survived, and rebuilt the city stronger then it was before. This delightful pictorial history is a moving tribute to their spirit and drive. "Portland" features more than 200 images that together document life in Maine’s largest city over the last 130 years. We see immigrants arrive from all corners of the world and watch as they build lives and businesses in their new home; we witness the waterfront and Congress Street rise, fall, and rise again; and we observe how the political scene has changed and been changed by everyday people. Perhaps the most interesting photographs are those of everyday life: of people working, playing sports, relaxing, falling in love, and living life to its fullest.
This 4th edition of the Portland Trails map gives you the trails, parks, and open spaces for Portland, Maine and surrounding communities.
On the Fourth of July in 1866, joy turned to tragedy in Portland, Maine. A boy threw a firecracker onto a pile of wood shavings and it erupted in a blaze as residents prepared to celebrate the 110th anniversary of American independence in the momentous time following the Civil War. The violent conflagration killed two people and destroyed all structures on nearly thirty streets. Authors Michael Daicy and Don Whitney, both firefighters, chronicle the day's catastrophic events, as well as the bravery of those who fought the ferocious fire, dispelling the myth that ill-trained firefighting contributed to the devastation. Paperback 144 pages
Eastern Cemetery holds more that 350 years of Portland's rich history. Within the sacred burial ground rests settlers who struggled with the natives over resources, citizens who had to choose their allegiance to the king or independence, and abolitionists fighting for the end of slavery. From bank robbers and murdering mutineers to Quakers and war heroes, the lives of those interred offer a window into the past. Black and white photos, plot maps, and diagrams throughout. Paperback. 158 pgs.
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Portland's development from 1890 to 1950 is characterized by a 1911 statement that "as a bustling commercial center, an attractive place of residence, and a beautiful summer resort, Portland looms big." The city's leadership in the publishing of early twentieth-century American postcards accounts for the diversity and quality of the period images. Featuring many never-before-published views from the extensive collection of the Maine Historic Perservation Commission. A treasured visual reminder of a time when the city prospered as a major transatlantic port and played host to hundreds of thousands of tourists annually.
"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.
For over 130 years, the Rines family made significant contributions to Portland in retail, broadcasting, charitable ventures, and law, among other endeavors. The Rines Brothers store, Maine's first department store, redefined the retail district of Portland when it opened on Congress Street in 1883. Every luxurious Portland hotel at the beginning of the 20th centurey was owned by these industrious brothers. A string of family-owned radio stations and two television stations formed the Maine Broadcasting System, one of the most powerful broadcasting operations in America at the time. Through 200 vintage images, "The Rines Family Legacy" offers insight into one of Maine's most interesting and exceptional families. Paperback, 128 pages.
Levinsky's "A Short History of Portland" features a tight narrative history from the city's founding in the 17th century to present day; a detailed chronology of this history; over one hundred black & white illustrations and two dozen profiles of notable Portland natives and residents. 128 pages. paperback.
Portland, Maine is a small town with a very rich past. During its nearly 400 years of recorded history, the city has seen war, massacres, pestilence, a devastating bombardment, economic hard times, riots, urban renewal, and several destructive fires. Every corner, every building, and every street has borne witness to some part of the Portland story. Rarely are there outward signs to denote some long forgotten event or human drama. This book makes the connection between today's urban landscape and the history behind it. Black & white photography throughout. Insert map included to help you on your way! Paperback. 211 pgs.