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moxie !

posted: , by Abraham Schechter
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | Portland History

The weekend after July 4th draws near, and that means Moxie Fest, the annual weekend of celebration in Lisbon Falls begins!  Moxie was invented here in Maine by Dr. Augustin Thompson in 1876- and refined later in 1884 as America’s oldest mass-marketed soft drink. Moxie is the official beverage of the State of Maine, and there’s more to learn about the spicy soda-pop right here in the Portland Room.

A picture taken 1947 of a treasure-trove of Moxie, taken by a Portland Press Herald photographer.

“The Moxie Mystique,” from the stacks of the Portland Room describes all things Moxie.


summer explorations

posted: , by Abraham Schechter
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Kids & Families | Seniors | Portland History

There’s good reading to be found- and agreeable weather makes it easier to enjoy the outdoors. Here are some images from the large Portland Press Herald photographic negative collection we’re processing here in the Portland Room, plus a local field guide. Come on in and consult the sources for your adventures!

Taken in July 1951, here is a group of Brownies at Camp Blue Skies- a Girl Scouts Council of Greater Portland day camp. The group is working on handcrafts.

Here, the children are displaying their creative chart of leaves, as they prepare to present this at Camp Blue Skies- in Stroudwater. This photo appeared in the Portland Evening Express on July 26, 1951.

Now it’s your turn!


Maine and the Shakers

posted: , by Abraham Schechter
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Kids & Families | Seniors | Portland History

Among many fascinating topics of study in this region are the Shakers and their communities. Here in the Portland Room, we greet researchers that travel to this area to study the Shakers. Among our resources are books such as the volume pictured below, and The Shaker Quarterly.

The Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community is the world’s only living Shaker community. Well worth a visit, just north of Gray, Maine- with guided tours, events, and a crafts shop.

Sabbathday Lake, Maine : Shaker spice farm.

The Shaker Community in Alfred, Maine is home to the Christian Brothers. The Shaker Museum, pictured here, is on Shaker Hill Road, just off Route 4 north of Alfred. The famous song, “Simple Gifts,” was composed in the Alfred community.

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