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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.



aerial portland

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

On your next visit to the Library, come see our new Aerial Portland photographic exhibit- in the 2nd floor Reading Room. These images represent a portion of our newly-accessioned Portland Press Herald Still Film Negative Collection, now being processed in the Archives, in the Portland Room. With the larger collection is a body of aerial photo negatives, made by the Press Herald with the  newspaper’s own plane, mostly in the 1950s.

The exhibit spotlights the neighborhoods of Portland, and the image below shows Congress Square, circa 1960.

Click on the image to enlarge the photo, and see how many landmarks you can recognize!

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