From the Collection: The Wreck of Hanover and Popular Memory

Hanover, a ship constructed by the Houghton Brothers in 1838, struck a sand bar in the mouth of the Kennebec River in 1849. The questionable decision of Captain Rogers to enter the river under stormy conditions led to the … Read more

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The War Next Door: T.W. Hyde and the American Civil War

The lands and people of Maine were hundreds of miles from the cannon blasts and military marches of the American Civil War that tore both earth and families apart between 1861 and 1865. But distance did not dull the pain … Read more

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From the Collection: The Beautiful Chocolate Girl

February is the month when the price of a dozen roses triples and boxes of chocolates begin to line store shelves. Chocolate has been the candy of choice for generations of valentines. But why? The answer lies in a nebulous … Read more

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Sailor’s Valentines: It’s the Thought that Counts?

Authentic is a complicated word. How do you determine if something is authentic? Who has the authority to declare something authentic? What does authentic mean? The exact origins of the word can be traced to multiple languages. The Greek authentikos… Read more

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