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Maine and the Shakers

posted: , by Abraham
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.


Memorial Day and Monument Square

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

Monument Square has long been the destination for parades in Portland- notably the Memorial Day observance. Here is a photo from this past Monday, with the Library in the background.

The older photo, from our Archives, shows the Square on Memorial Day in 1940. Note the building at the corner of Elm and Congress, where the Library is now!

 


Rachel Field and typewriters

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

Author and illustrator Rachel Field (1894-1942)  is well represented in various sections of the Library, with over 50 novels and children’s books. Just below are two items from the Portland Room. A portrait of the writer, with her dog and her typewriter, is from our Archives:

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Here (below) is the cover of an early edition of her book, The Magic Pawnshop, printed in 1937, also in the Portland Room. Can you find the typewriter in the illustration ?

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