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Since the development of photography in the mid-nineteenth century, the camera has been used as a tool of both discovery and preservation.

Santa Anita Rancho's famously ambitious and colorful owner, Elias Jackson Lucky Baldwin, had established a popular tourist attraction on his productive working ranch by the late 1800s. Baldwin planned to incorporate the section of his ranch known as Arcadia, but opponents feared that he would turn such a city into a gambling hell and booze pleasure park.

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.

Situated on a peninsula jutting into picturesque Casco Bay, Portland has long been admired for its geographical setting—the "beautiful city by the sea," as native son Henry Wadsworth Longfellow called it. At the same time, Portland's deep, ice-free port has made it an ideal site for the development of coastal commerce and industry. Much of the city's history, John F.

Lura Beam pays homage to the smaller wonders of village life, from the rhythms of work dictated by weather, to education in a one-room schoolhouse, parties and celebrations, and the customs that created a community in Washington County, Maine, a century ago.

Follow the tragic story of a fishing trip gone wrong and its impact on the community of Brockton, Massachusetts.

Although the University of Southern Maine has existed under that name for less than a quarter century, its roots lie much deeper-in a normal school begun at Gorham in 1878; a junior college opened in Portland in 1933; and a business school, which lasted only from 1921 to 1925, but whose charter was revived two decades later to become Maine's only law school.

Portland's development in the era 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 role as a major publishing nexus for early-20th-century American postcards accounts for the quality and quantity of the period images produced by firms such as Chis

A visitor today to the Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge in Steuben, Maine, would find it hard to believe that the over 2,100-acre refuge was once destined be the next Bar Harbor. Plans were filed and numerous individuals and companies tried to sell the near 1,300 cottage lots and build the casino, clubhouse, steamboat dock, swimming beach, and two hotels.

Named by the proprietors from Gloucester, Massachusetts, New Gloucester began as a frontier town, as it was the most inland settlement in Maine at the time. Incorporated in 1774, the town has been called home by such notables as mapmaker and author Moses Greenleaf, artist D. D. Coombs, original proprietor of the town of Foxcroft Joseph E.

The Boothbay Region Revisited is a collection of vintage photographs illustrating the Yankee tenacity of those who settled this historic coastal area.

The last volume in the Davistown Museum Hand Tools in History series, the Registry of Maine Toolmakers documents toolmakers working in Maine from 1607-1900.

Norumbega Reconsidered: Mawooshen and the Wawenoc Diaspora explores the questions and controversies surrounding the ethnic identity and historical significance of the Wawenoc Indians of the central Maine coast. Brack evaluates accounts of contemporary ethnohistorians, whom he contends have eliminated an important chapter in Maine history by dismissing the Wawenoc community.

In this volume of the Hand Tools in History series, author H. G. Skip Brack explores the stories told by the forge welded edge tools discovered in New England tool chests and workshops during his 40 years of searching out useful woodworking tools for the Liberty Tool Company in Maine.

The subject of this publication is nanoparticles, including plastic nanoparticles, as vectors of environmental chemicals and their movement through the biosphere. The annotated bibliography which follows the essays provides a topic-specific journey through the world of nanoparticles and nanotechnology and their health physics significance.

Naval historian George E. Buker presents a compelling defense of Commodore Dudley Saltonstall-- a man court-martialed for the 1779 rout of the U.S. Navy in the Penobscot Bay--with his fascinating study of the naval technology and political intrigues of the time.

The towns of Camden and Rockport have had a rich, intertwined history since the first settlements in the mid-1700s. Until 1891, they were one town, built on the abundant natural resources of coastal Maine. Many residents in the early 19th century were farmers that carved out a living from the soil, or fishermen that harvested the teeming waters of Penobscot Bay.

Baker Island is a quintessential Maine island, frozen in time. It was settled in 1806 by one family, and the island's population peaked at about two dozen people in five households at mid-century. The US government made use of the island's strategic location at the entrance to Frenchman's Bay with a lighthouse and military facilities.

On November 12, 1971, Bernard Patterson, a much decorated Vietnam War hero turned real-life version of Don Quixote, Butch Cassidy, and Robin Hood all rolled into one, robbed the Northern National Bank in Mars Hill, Maine. He escaped with $110,000; at the time, the largest bank robbery in the history of the state.

An iconic feature of the Maine coast (and in a few places inland), lighthouses have served as important navigational aids but also as tourist attractions, art subjects, and advertising symbols.

John Cole wrote with passion about his life, the outdoors, and the glorious rhythms of nature.

Across decades, Maine has produced nationally-recognized novelists of place-based fiction. From the late nineteenth century to the present, writers have explored the experiences of living in far-flung settings: island and coastal villages; northwoods lumbering communities; unincorporated townships; backcountry hamlets; and mill cities and towns.

Maine once had more than one hundred covered bridges. Only seven of these bridges remain today, but the photographic record of the others is surprisingly complete. Maine's Covered Bridges offers views of these structures that once graced the state's roads and railroads, many of them in the Oxford Hills and Western Mountains regions.

Bowdoin is the quintessential New England college, and Brunswick is the quintessential New England town. Bowdoin has its stately buildings and trees, while Brunswick is blessed with a charming downtown featuring a pedestrian-friendly Main Street of dramatic proportions. Chartered in the late 1700s, Bowdoin has been inextricably linked to the town of Brunswick for more than 200 years.

The book that launched environmental history, William Cronon's Changes in the Land, now revised and updated.

Winner of the Francis Parkman Prize

The lighthouse is a pervasive icon in our culture, often used to symbolize positive qualities like faith, guidance, strength, and steadfastness. No structures embody these qualities more than wave-swept lighthouses, which were built to withstand the most extreme forces of wind and ocean waves, often in isolated, rocky locations far offshore.

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.

Taunton Bay's shore borders the towns of Hancock, Franklin, and Sullivan, Maine. The Daley's examine the unique history of this area and personally investigate the locations above and below the ground as well as under the bay. The book tells the story of the search for historical artifacts and valuable treasure that help define this area.

Early Wings Over Maine provides a great introduction to the beginning of aviation in Maine. From Lindbergh to the lesser known Beryl Markham, from the Spirit of St. Lewis to the Dawn, John D. Davis has unearthed great stories and spectacular historical photographs. Sit back and enjoy a flight back in time when the shout of, "It's a plane" caused all to run out to gaze at the sky. John D.

Deer Isle, a coastal town in Penobscot Bay, was settled by farmers and mariners in the 1760s after the end of the French and Indian War. People, freight, and mail came by water to the secluded island where mackerel and lobster fishing were the mainstays o.

For eight decades, an epic power struggle raged across a frontier that would become Maine.

Between 1675 and 1759, British, French, and Native Americans soldiers clashed in six distinct wars to claim the land that became the Pine Tree S.

A fascinating look at a rural mid-coast Maine town, as it transitions from the horse and buggy to the automobile, electric and telephone era. Full of history, vital records, biography, economics, and gossip from the transcribed "social news" of the Rockland Courier-Gazette newspaper. The book includes an every name index, Hope's 1888 census, and interesting biographies.

Your personal guide to one of the most iconic lighthouses in America!

Portland Head Light has long been at the center of Maine's maritime history and lore, and is undoubtedly one of the state's greatest treasures...and All About Portland Head Light is a treasure trove of facts, figures, history and folklore surrounding this majestic beacon.

Your personal guide to one of Maine's most beloved lighthouses!

Nubble Light has long been at the center of Maine's maritime history and lore, and is undoubtedly one of the state's greatest treasures...and All About Nubble Light is a treasure trove of facts, figures, history, and folklore surrounding this majestic beacon.

From Colonial times to the present, the Town of Wiscasset has played an important part in Maine's history. Here for the first time is a timeless collection of stories, told with warmth and wit, about the Shire Town of Lincoln County. Mr.

"What Moby-Dick is to whales, Brilliant Beacons is to lighthouses—a transformative account of a familiar yet mystical subject." —Laurence Bergreen, author of Columbus: The Four Voyages

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.

This is the fast moving, exciting story of a concert pianist, born in poverty-ridden Florida and her move with her black, matriarchal family to Boston. You will see her rise to success because of her incredible talent for the piano. She studied at the Boston Conservatory of Music and then on to a scholarship in Paris where she met the love of her life and a flaming romance ensued.

Founded in 1836, the Maine State Museum is America’s oldest state museum and is known to many as “Maine’s Smithsonian” because of the breadth and diversity of its holdings—nearly a million objects covering every aspect of the state’s cultural, biological, and geological history—and the thousands of stories its collections tell.

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 & St. Lawrence Railroad.

Penobscot Bay is the jewel of mid-coast Maine, a landscape of close-knit communities and picturesque ports whose scenery is matched only by its rich history. Granite from the quarries on Vinalhaven has built bridges, banks and monuments in twenty-three states. Ships launched in Searsport and Belfast have traveled the world.

Discover four hundred years of Maine's history through the tales of its unique residents.

Maine history would be bare but for the contributions of hardy and impassioned individuals whose lives make up the story of Maine's "hidden histo.

Too far north, the great state of Maine did not witness any Civil War battles. However, Mainers contributed to the war in many important ways. From the mainland to the islands, soldiers bravely fought to preserve the United States in all major battles. Me.

The history of Maine has always been inextricably tied to its coastline. The sea first brought settlers, and the rich fishing and shipbuilding industries sustained growth. The Atlantic also connected Mainers to the rest of the world. Goods and ideas traveled the maritime routes that originated in populous Portland and more isolated places like Carver's Harbor and Deer Isle.

Whether dotting the coastline, guarding the banks of the Kennebec or defending the Canadian border, Maine's many forts have sheltered its towns and people since the seventeenth century. Both Fort Kent and Fort Fairfield were built after the War of 1812 du.

Thousands flock to the beautiful coastline along Penobscot Bay every year, but the dark sea has often turned treacherous. Temperamental skies become stormy without notice; violent gales challenge even the most seasoned captains. Craggy rocks can be virtually invisible to oncoming vessels, like the Alice E. Clark," which simply strayed off course in good weather.

Celebrating Mainers' Amazing Ingenuity

As Down East Books celebrates 50 years of great book publishing, it seems appropriate to reflect upon
the contributions Maine has made that have had significant cultural and historical impacts on both the
United States and the World. Did you know that the caterpillar tread, common on bulldozers and tanks,

Offshore fishermen and skillful shipbuilders transformed the quiet shores of the Pemaquid Peninsula beginning in 1815. The maritime economy drove local commerce until enterprising locals turned to ice harvesting, granite quarrying, brick making, lobster canning and pogy oil processing before summer tourism grew and thrived.

Anyone interested in Native American lifeways will want to pore over Notes on a Lost Flute. Hardy brings together his expertise in forestry, horticulture, and environmental science to tell us about New England when its primary inhabitants were the native Wabanaki tribes.

Maine has a collection of unique characters and tales that has helped to shape its identity. Meet the Artist Who Played Robin Hood, the Hermit of North Pond and the Mysterious Billy Smith.

During its long, legendary history, Campobello Island has been known by many names: the Native American word for it was Abahquict, French explorers called it Port aux Coquilles, and the English named it Outer Island. Campobello rises on the outer edge of Passamaquoddy Bay just across the water from Eastport, Maine, and only a stone's throw away from the Narrows at Lubec, Maine.

Beginning with the Native American tribes of the Wabanaki Alliance, the people of Maine have created religious institutions and spiritual traditions that have endured for hundreds of years. After the arrival of Europeans, Christianity and Judaism began to spread, and dozens of congregations were formed.

From combating infant mortality to working on the front lines during the AIDS epidemic, this is a tale of Maine's heroic nurses throughout history.

In 1604, when Frenchmen landed on Saint Croix Island, they were far from the first people to walk along its shores.

The history of railroads in America is not complete without a pictorial history of the Boston & Maine.

Nearly one-third of Maine residents have French blood and are known as Franco-Americans.

From the Age of Discovery and the earliest settlement of America, Midcoast Maine has played surprising roles in America's history.

This colorful history of the shipbuilding company of William Donnell Crooker and Charles Crooker, by the great-great grandson of William Donnell, provides a thorough overview of a family, its contributions to shipbuilding, and the historic sweep of shipbuilding in the area, as well as a fascinating glimpse into everyday life in Maine during this time.

In 1964 three cousins tapped three thousand sugar maples deep in the Maine woods. They called themselves Jackson Mountain Maple Farm. They faced bankruptcy, exhaustion, pests and rodents, and dreadful sugaring conditions, but Hodgkins survived and has been making Maine maple syrup commercially in Temple, Maine, for sixty-some years.

After more than a decade of extensive research, the Historical Atlas of Maine presents in cartographic form the historical geography of Maine from the end of the last ice age to the year 2000. Organized in four chronological sections, the Atlas tells the principal stories of the many people who have lived in Maine over the past 13,000 years.

Everyone knows about Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and his 20th Maine Regiment, but there's much more to the story of Maine at the Battle of Gettysburg. Soldiers from Maine made their presence felt all over the battlefield during three days of fighting in July 1863, helping to defeat the Confederates in the Civil War's bloodiest battle.

In honor of the Pine Tree State's bicentennial, historian Tom Huntington presents an anecdotal history of the state, covering the course of Maine's often turbulent history, decade by decade.

Like other towns in coastal Maine, Freeport was settled in the 18th century by residents of the southern part of the state--Massachusetts, which it was a part of until 1820. The Harraseeket River provided mill power and transportation, enabling growth and separation from North Yarmouth in 1789. The arrival of the railroad in 1849 led to a late-century economic boom fueled by entrepreneur E.B.

Thoroughly updated and expanded with even more information on the world's lighthouses, The Lighthouse Encyclopedia is the definitive reference on these maritime beacons and coastal icons.A wealth of facts and history fill this beautifully designed book, packed with full-color and vintage photos, containing everything a lighthouse lover or maritime historian wants to know about lighthouse history,

Come take a ride on Waldo County's Railroad The Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad was chartered in 1867, but never made it to Moosehead Lake.

Maine is populated with intriguing characters who set in motion a fascinating, compelling story of railroads and the unique communities they helped to build. One of the first states to build railroads and trolleys in the United States, Maine at one point had more than ninety communities with trolleys. Standard-gauge and two-footers crossed the state, including the St.

Author Margaret Shiels Konitzky reveals the stories of local heroes and the relentless spirit of midcoast Maine.

The history of American whaling is most frequently associated with Nantucket, New Bedford and Mystic. However, the state of Maine also played an integral part in the development and success of this important industry. The sons of Maine became whaling captains, whaling crews, inventors, investors and businessmen.

Maine has never been regarded as a pirate haven, but only because witnesses were few and far between. With a rugged coast and more than four thousand offshore islands, Maine's dark waters attracted sea raiders like Dixie Bull from the 1600s through colonial times. Pirate treasure still awaits discovery in Phippsburg and Machias, and pirate deceit prompted a massacre in ancient Fort Loyall.

This book tells the story of the Reverend Jacob Bailey, a missionary preacher for the Church of England in the frontier town of Pownalborough (now Dresden), Maine, who refused to renounce allegiance to King George III during the American War of Independence. Relying largely on Bailey's unpublished journals and voluminous correspondence, James S.

With the same patriotic fervor as Maine's response to a call for troops in the Civil War, more than 35,000 men and women across the state joined the armed forces in 1917-1918 to fight in aid of America's European allies against Germany, as well as to redress German destruction of American vessels in the North Atlantic.

Here for Generations tells the remarkable tale of a town and a bank that have moved in concert for 150 years. The book captures their sweeping history through triumph and tragedy and brings to life the fascinating people and events that have shaped their journey.

The narrow gauge railroad arrived in the United States in the late nineteenth century. Based on the Welsh two-foot gauge, the American narrow gauge was expanded by railroad engineers to a three-foot gauge that became the standard track width for narrow gauge railroads in the United States. Maine, however, adopted the two-foot gauge that was developed by George E. Mansfield in Massachusetts.

The Casco Bay Islands-romantic, mysterious, a world apart. Native peoples called the bay Auccocisco; their presence is recorded in the shell middens found on the shores of many of the islands. Early explorers, believing there were 352 islands in the bay, called them the Calendar Islands. Visitors from all over the world have flocked to the islands seeking peace and tranquility. The U.S.

Ever since William McIntyre produced and sold the first lime shipment in 1733, lime production has been a vital part of the Rockland area economy. Local farmers dug into a vein of high-quality lime rock running along the coast from Thomaston to Lincolnville. They burned it in homemade kilns and shipped it to cities farther south to be used as mortar and plaster.

Vinalhaven Island has been the home port of a productive commercial fishing fleet for over 200 years. By 1819, Vinalhaven vessels were fishing for cod and herring from Seal Island all the way to Labrador waters. By 1878, Carver's Harbor was lined with docks, fishhouses, a sail loft, a net factory, and the Lane & Libby fish plant.

Those who are fortunate enough to have grown up in Maine know that it has a way of life and sense of humor unlike anywhere else. Spend time on a lobster boat with Roy Fairfield or Tim Sample, or on Echo Farm in Auburn as Dave Sargent relates it.

From vampires to an angel, a ghost rapper to a phantom ship, New England Myths and Legends pulls back the curtain on some of the region's most fascinating and compelling stories.

Discover the origins and meaning of the names of over one thousand cities, towns, mountains, lakes, bays, and islands in Maine, listed alphabetically in an easy-to-use format.

"Maine truly has a language of its own, as the state's favorite storyteller makes plain, with hilarious illustrations by a leading regional cartoonist.

Halfway up the coast of Maine, on the northwest shore of Penobscot Bay, lies the city of Belfast. The Penobscot people once hunted its forests and speared sturgeon in the Passagassawakeag River. In 1770, envisioning a prosperous town, like-minded Scots-Irish farmers settled here.

For 178 years, Maine State Prison peacefully coexisted with the town of Thomaston. In addition to its stately elms, the formidable brick facade overshadowed Main Street to the south and provided a stark contrast to the former sea captains' homes to the north. At the time of its closure in 2002, Maine State Prison was one of the oldest prisons still in use in the country.

This fascinating addition to the North Woods canon looks at the variety of ways people have met their death on Maine's highest and most remote mountain. It's all here, from falls, exposure, and cardiac arrest to hunting accidents, lightning strikes, and even a suspicious death or two.

Written for those who are intrigued by history, this book is the story of how O.A. Harkness fulfilled a unique and important role which captured his mechanical genius as the GNP Co.'s ‟Wizzard" sic] of motor power. It especially focuses on his role as GNP Co.'s boat fleet "Admiral" who with great pride designed, built, and maintained company watercraft for log driving operations.

With a population of 65,000, Portland is a small but very cosmopolitan city situated on the southern coast of Maine at Casco Bay, and it offers something to residents and visitors alike. Architecturally, the Portland seen today is predominantly a 19th-century city, built in the days of its greatest prosperity as a seaport and railroad center.

Baxter State Park is the guardian of this vast wilderness area for all to enjoy. Baxter State Park and Katahdin draws on rich collections of archival images dating back to the 19th century.

For millennia, Mount Katahdin has loomed over the changing landscape we now call Maine's North Woods, inspiring and challenging people, from the Native Americans whose trade routes rounded its base; to Henry David Thoreau and Governor Percival P. Baxter, who forged new approaches to nature and conservation; to the hundreds of outdoorspeople who enjoy its trails and waterways each year.

Elizabeth O'Connell and Stephen Harding capture the magic of Eagle Island through years of research, interviews, and the collection of photographs and visual images by the Friends of Peary's Eagle Island (FOPEI).

For nearly thirty years, Echoes magazine brought the culture, heritage, landscape, and people of Aroostook County to readers in Maine and across the United States.

Maine has developed into a sometimes mythical vacationland of moose and lobster and lighthouses set against breathtaking vistas and endless natural beauty. But the state's history is more real than postcards; replete with daily struggle and triumph, and boasting important politicians, brilliant inventors, successful athletes, and popular creative professionals.

The allure of Maine lighthouses is as formidable as its seacoast, attracting thousands of visitors and enthusiasts each year.

It Happened in Maine takes readers on a rollicking, behind-the-scenes look at some of the characters and episodes from the Pine Tree State's storied past. Including both famous tales, and famous names--and little-known heroes, heroines, and happenings.

Although humble in their function, these carefully crafted barns have shaped the landscape of Maine for centuries.

In this robust, informal book, Robert E. Pike tells the colorful story of logging and log-driving in New England.

We went into the fight with 386, all told--358 guns. Every pioneer and musician who would carry a musket went into the ranks. Even the sick and footsore, who could not keep up in the march, came up as soon as they could find their regiments, and took their places in line of battle, while it was battle, indeed. --Col.

Since 1941 the Medal of Honor has been more often awarded to dead than to living men. Of all the medals issues by the United States Government, this singular medal has had a particularly solemn glory attached to its meaning. But a look at its history reveals that, from its inception, it was steeped in controversy, with threats to its integrity swirling in from all sides. Author John. J.

STILL MILL is a one-of-a-kind account documenting the birth and evolution of a world-class papermaking culture, and the shocking, sudden destruction of that whole culture as told by generations of the people, ourselves. Our history. Our sociology. Our strengths, beliefs and humanity. Our music. Our Maine and our America.

When celebrity aviator Harry Atwood made the first aeroplane flight over Bangor in 1912, observers were astonished. It was a sign that the city had recovered from the great fire of 1911 that had destroyed its downtown the year before. While some events ar.

From sports to politics, food to finance, aviation to engineering, to bitter disputes over simple boundaries themselves, New England's feuds have peppered the region's life for centuries. They ve been raw and rowdy, sometimes high minded and humorous, and in a place renowned for its deep sense of history, often long-running and legendary.

Georgetown is an island located between the historic Kennebec and Sheepscot Rivers. Incorporated in l716, it was accessible from the mainland only by various ferries and local fishing boats until a bridge was erected in 1898. Maritime endeavors like fishing and shipbuilding emerged as the major industries in town very early on and continue to be a primary means of employment today.

In the summer of 1643, John Sanders was granted land bordering the Mousam River in Kennebunk. From this early grant to the present, many generations have called Kennebunk home. Through nearly two hundred vintage photographs, Kennebunk portrays life in this charming village from 1850 to 1940.

The shocking but true story behind the film and bestselling novel, The Weight of Water

The cold-blooded ax murder of two innocent Norwegian women at their island home off the Maine and New Hampshire coast has gripped the region since 1873, beguiling tourists, inspiring artists, and fueling conspiracy theorists.

The killer, a handsome Prussian fisherman down on his luc

The slate gravestones of southern Maine bear evidence to the region's 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.

A window into the past of Historic Eastern Cemetery, illuminating centuries of Portland's history through the stories of those laid to rest.

In offering here a highly readable yet comprehensive description of New England's Indians as they lived when European settlers first met them, the author provides a well-rounded picture of the natives as neither savages nor heroes, but fellow human beings existing at a particular time and in a particular environment.

Explore the fascinating history of The Casco Bay Islands, Maine with more than 200 vintage photographs and anecdotes from the locals who experienced it.

Unless you're from New England, you may not know the expression "He's got a lot of moxie " came from a bittersweet patent medicine turned soda.

A number of nefarious characters have passed through Maine on their way to infamy, including the pirates Dixie Bull and Edward Teach (aka Blackbeard) and gangster Al Brady. The scoundrels assembled in this book, however, are either Maine natives or notorious individuals whose mischief, misdeeds, or mayhem were perpetrated in the Pine Tree State.

Al Brady was an armed robber and murderer in the 1930s and became the FBI's Public Enemy #1. On October 12, 1937, Brady and an accomplice were killed in a hail of bullets in broad daylight in downtown Bangor. This spectacular public gun-battle has become an integral part of Maine lore.

Historian Trudy Irene Scee explores the dance industries of Maine, how they were effected by national events, and how events in Maine effected national trends. She explores the difficulties women faced in the early 20th century and how they turned to new forms of entertainment to make money and pay for food and shelter.

In 1831 a new entity appeared on the American landscape: the garden cemetery. Meant to be places where the living could enjoy peace, tranquility and beauty, as well as to provide a final resting place for the dead, the garden cemeteries would forever change the culture of death and burial in the United States.

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse was first constructed in 1827 and still sends its beam out seventy-nine feet above sea level. Light keepers kept the lanterns burning from the 1820s through the 1930s, but they could not prevent every tragedy. Ships have crashed.

This collection of over two hundred photographs brings life to South Portland and Cape Elizabeth in the century of change from the 1850s on.

Surrounded by rugged mountains and bordered by a beautiful, jagged coastline, the city of Ellsworth and the town of Blue Hill exemplify Downeast Maine at its best.

Since its settlement in 1769, Bangor's greatest resource has been its people. Long before 1834, when the town on the Penobscot became a city, future legends were born who transformed it into a world-class community. Hannibal Hamlin served as Abraham Lincoln's first vice president.

A pictoral history and moving tribute to the people of Portland's spirit, drive and ability to overcome adversity from the last 130 years.

Meticulously researched, this book reveals the agonizing day-to-day wait of Mainers for news of what really happened on the Titanic, and tells the stories of Maine passengers from their boarding to the sinking and rescue; and, for those who survived, of their coming ashore in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It's a fascinating addition to the Titanic story.

It is a well-known fact, perhaps legend now, that Peyton Place, the controversial, scandalous blockbuster was filmed in Camden, Maine and the surrounding towns in 1957. But how did the movie come to be filmed in Maine, who was involved in getting it here, and what did the locals think about 20th Century Fox shooting a big-budget film in their front yards?

Since the team's arrival in 1994, the Portland Sea Dogs have captured the hearts and loyalty of the citizens of Portland, Maine. More than five million fans have visited Hadlock Field since the Sea Dogs began playing there. In 2006, the Sea Dogs celebrated a landmark victory when they won their first Eastern League title.

In Maine the spirit of ambition has always run high. Whether it emanates from the clear and invigorating breath of the hills, from the romantic reaches of the restless sea, or from the unseen heart of creation, it is found there in profusion.

Monhegan Island, Maine has historically attracted a number of different visitors and workers, each with their own unique reasons for being there.

There have always been two Freeports: the image presented to outsiders, and the vital, quirky life enjoyed by residents of this small town in Maine. Once part of ancient North Yarmouth, Freeport was "set off" and incorporated in 1789, making it the sixty-fourth town in what would become Maine in 1820.

How to make traditional snowshoes. An extensive guide to making traditional snowshoes. Detailed diagrams, pictures, weaving patterns and tool making. This book shows how my dad and I select the ash tree in the woods, process cow hides, shape the wood into frames, and make snowshoe molds. We describe the tools and show diagrams with measurements on how to weave traditional snowshoes.

The improbable and compelling story of Paul LePage’s ascent to the governor’s office in 2010 and the impact of his first term. Not one quote, statistic, or conclusion of this book has ever been refuted, and no one who reads it will be surprised by LePage’s second term.

Bath Iron Works was established by Gen. Thomas Hyde in 1884 and launched its first ship in 1891. This collection of shipbuilding photographs brings to life the proud history of Bath Iron Works.

Built to resemble an old New England barn, the Boothbay Playhouse operated from 1937 to 1974, under two separate managements, as a professional summer theatre. In the old-resident-company tradition, a different play was presented each week from June to September- and at prices that seem unbelievable today.

When Theodore Roosevelt went into the Maine Woods with legendary Maine guide Bill Sewall, he was a sickly, asthmatic city boy. When he emerged several trips later, he was a robust, confident outdoorsman--the kind of man who could be president.

A Compelling and Surprising Page-turner

The history of the ubiquitous pine tree is wrapped up with the history of early America--and in the hands of a gifted storyteller becomes a compelling read, almost an adventure story.

With over 200 historic images, Vinalhaven Island is sure to inform and entertain.

Maine's more than 3,000 miles of rocky coastline, picturesque islands, sandy beaches, iconic lighthouses, and quintessential New England harbors have lured visitors since the middle of the 19th century. Steamships first transported sportsmen and "rusticators" along the coast. Soon summer colonies formed, and art schools flourished.

Landscape is much more than scenery to be observed or even terrain to be traveled, as this fascinating and many-layered book vividly shows us. Etched into the land is the history of how we have inhabited it, the storms and fires that have shaped it, and its response to these and other changes.

This honest and entertaining book by a twenty-two-year veteran of the service tells the story of America's oldest game warden service. The stories told cover the risks wardens face dealing with poachers, rogue wildlife, and the elements, as well as the drama that surrounds every search and rescue operation.

An informed and fascinating account of the 18 major tribes that lived in pre-Colonial New England

Go inside the people, places, forests and machines that made Maine the logging and lumber giant it is today.

Beginning in the mid-1800s and lasting for more than a century, Maine boasted a large number of lodges and sporting camps that catered to the pursuit of outdoor activities.

Immerse yourself in New England's maritime history through true tales of historic shipwrecks and heroic rescues. From Connecticut to Maine, meet the special individuals who helped those in peril. Learn about the disasters that led to the pioneering of travel safety.

12 Wardens, 20 Stories, 300 Years of North Woods Law Enforcement

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow immortalized Portland, Maine, as the "beautiful town that is seated by the sea." In this volume, Maine author Luann Yetter presents the stories from its past that not only showcase this exquisiteness but also illuminate its diverse and exciting history. The founding members of the Forest City braved the harsh winters, but not without scandals and struggles.

A Life Time of Camping and Fishing in Maine, enables the reader to tag along as a member of a family, who has enjoyed the memorable seventy years spent out in the woods of Maine, and in the presence of "Mother Nature" and all her creatures as they live their daily lives.