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John James Audubon and bird-watching

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

Here is a plate from the Portland Room’s edition of Audubon’s Birds of America. This major illustrated work has been reprinted many times, and there are newer editions in the circulating collections that can be borrowed.

For further browsing- and visiting- Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Center, located just north of Portland, is at this site: http://www.maineaudubon.org/explore/centers/gilsland.shtml. The Center includes trails and a gallery.



book learning

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

Here are some pictures from a recent Portland Room exhibit of educational books from our Special Collections. Among our niche collections is an array of children’s and pedagogical books.

This display shows readers and (at right) a math book. The New England Primer (at top) is from 1777.

An illustrated book about Portland schools, from 1932, includes classroom photos and an image of Deering High School’s entrance on the cover.

Geographic travels with a large foldout map.

A Children’s Primer at left, and an early-19th century math book at right.

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