Stagnant Period (1926-1965)

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Stagnant Period (1926-1965)


The 1920’s turned public opinion against the ideals that had created the desire to build monuments, coupled with the change in esthetic against the large classical monuments to more modern and sleek lines. Portland, though slightly behind the curve, followed this trend; by the 1930’s Portland's interest in public history and memorialization waned and would not pick-up again for nearly forty years.

Elsewhere in the US, this was a time of historical highway markers, and though Maine never embraced this form of marker, the types of markers that were erected during this period reflect this change. They are smaller and have more information than their earlier counterparts.



Collection Items

Fort Loyal Plaque
Plaque marking the site of the colonial Fort Loyal.

Longfellow's Birthplace Stone
A boulder with a bronze plaque. The plaque's inscription commemorates the site of the house where Longfellow was born.

Fort Allen Civil War Memorial Bench
Granite Bench situated on the hill in Fort Allen Park overlooking the bandstand and Casco Bay. On the back of the bench is a plaque with the poem and inscription of who placed it and when.

Corporal Jacob Cousins: In Memory of Portland's Jewish War Heroes
Granite boulder with two plaques on it, one from World War I, and one added later from World War II. The World War I plaque is dedicated to Corporal Jacob Cousins, who was the first Jewish Portlander killed in the War. The WWII plaque names all of…

Armenian Genocide Marker
Stone pillar with an inscription on the top dedicated to the survivors of the Armenian Genocide who settled in Portland. The front of the pillar is carved with a cross; below is another inscription on the founding of Armenia.

Portland's World War II Plaque
Bronze plaque commemorating the men of Portland who died during World War II. Includes all of the names, as well as the names and dates of the war.

3rd Battalion US Naval Reserve Memorial
A plaque attached to a granite wedge. The plaque sits on the deck of the USS Portland Memorial. The plaque is dedicated to members of the 3rd Battalion US Naval Reserve who died; they are named in the text.

Major General Clarence R. Edwards Memorial
A granite memorial stone with a bronze plaque, flanked by two hedges. The stone is dedicated to Major General Clarence R. Edwards and is located in the section of Deering Oaks Park between High Street and Forest Ave, which is dedicated to Edwards.
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