Cultural Proliferation (1986-Present)

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Cultural Proliferation (1986-Present)

Description

The 1990’s and early 2000’s brought more ambitious public projects; as funding and interest in Public Art grew, historical markers were included in that mission. The Portland Freedom Trail added fourteen new markers to Portland’s streets, adding diversity to the older markers. During this time there was also a greater awareness among the public about equal representation in history, which created controversy and discussion over proposed projects. This awareness and the changing field of public history and social history created a boon of new markers and memorials not just in Portland, but around the country.

Date

1986-Present

Items in the Cultural Proliferation (1986-Present) Collection

Peaks Island Settlers Stone
A stone tablet, dedicated to the first European settler of Peaks Island, Michael Mitton.

Fort Allen City Maps
Two maps, one of the bay with island and one of peninsula. Each map is surrounded by details that include a picture and a paragraph about the specific landmark.

Mayor Baxter Woods Informational Kiosk
A three panel informational board, the first panel is a textual description of the history of Mayor Baxter Woods and how the land came to the city. The second panel is a map and the third panel is information about the flora and fauna of the woods.

George Cleeves Statue
Life-size bronze statue of George Cleeves, standing on a granite base that forms two steps. Cleeves is standing erect, with one arm down holding a book and the other on his hip.

John Ford Statue
Ten foot high bronze statue of John Ford sitting in the director's chair. The chair is sitting on top a pile of stones. Around the statue there are granite markers with information about Ford’s movies.

Former Home of the Rev. Amos Noe Freeman
Square stone pillar with two bronze plaques on the flat top of the marker which is angled at about 30 degrees. The plaque closest to the top of the marker is a bronze relief image of 5 people grouped together, pointing to the sky; they seem to be a…

Barbershop Owned by Charles Frederick Eastman
Square stone pillar with two bronze plaques on the flat top of the marker which is angled at about 30 degrees. The plaque closest to the top of the marker is a bronze relief image of 5 people grouped together, pointing to the sky; they seem to be a…

Former Home of Deacon Brown Thurston
Square stone pillar with two bronze plaques on the flat top of the marker which is angled at about 30 degrees. The plaque closest to the top of the marker is a bronze relief image of 5 people grouped together, pointing to the sky; they seem to be a…

Franklin Street Wharf
Square stone pillar with two bronze plaques on the flat top of the marker which is angled at about 30 degrees. The plaque closest to the top of the marker is a bronze relief image of 5 people grouped together, pointing to the sky; they seem to be a…

Barber Shop of Jacob C. Dickson
Square stone pillar with two bronze plaques on the flat top of the marker which is angled at about 30 degrees. The plaque closest to the top of the marker is a bronze relief image of 5 people grouped together, pointing to the sky; they seem to be a…

Hack Stand of Charles H. L. Pierre
Square stone pillar with two bronze plaques on the flat top of the marker which is angled at about 30 degrees. The plaque closest to the top of the marker is a bronze relief image of 5 people grouped together, pointing to the sky; they seem to be a…

Abyssinian Church
Two plaques are embedded in the sidewalk in front of the Church The plaque closest to the the street is a bronze relief image of 5 people grouped together, pointing to the sky; they seems to be a family, with parents two older children (son and…

Home of Charles Frederick & Harriet Stephenson Eastman and Alexander Stephenson
Square stone pillar with two bronze plaques on the flat top of the marker which is angled at about 30 degrees. The plaque closest to the top of the marker is a bronze relief image of 5 people grouped together, pointing to the sky; they seem to be a…

Eastern Cemetery
Square stone pillar with two bronze plaques on the flat top of the marker which is angled at about 30 degrees. The plaque closer to the top of the marker is a bronze relief image of 5 people grouped together, pointing to the sky; they seems to be a…

Home of Elias and Elizabeth Widgery Thomas
Square stone pillar with two bronze plaques on the flat top of the marker which is angled at about 30 degrees. The plaque closest to the top of the marker is a bronze relief image of 5 people grouped together, pointing to the sky; they seem to be a…

Home of General Samuel C. Fessenden
Square stone pillar with two bronze plaques on the flat top of the marker which is angled at about 30 degrees. The plaque closest to the top of the marker is a bronze relief image of 5 people grouped together, pointing to the sky; they seem to be a…

Friends (Quakers) Meeting House
Square stone pillar with two bronze plaques on the flat top of the marker which is angled at about 30 degrees. The plaque closest to the top of the marker is a bronze relief image of 5 people grouped together, pointing to the sky; they seem to be a…

Hack Stand of Reuben Ruby
Square stone pillar with two bronze plaques on the flat top of the marker which is angled at about 30 degrees. The plaque closest to the top of the marker is a bronze relief image of 5 people grouped together, pointing to the sky; they seem to be a…

First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
Square stone pillar with two bronze plaques on the flat top of the marker which is angled at about 30 degrees. The plaque closest to the top of the marker is a bronze relief image of 5 people grouped together, pointing to the sky; they seem to be a…

Secondhand Clothing Store of Lloyd Scott
Square stone pillar with two bronze plaques on the flat top of the marker which is angled at about 30 degrees. The plaque closest to the top of the marker is a bronze relief image of 5 people grouped together, pointing to the sky; they seem to be a…

Mariners' Church
Square stone pillar with two bronze plaques on the flat top of the marker which is angled at about 30 degrees. The plaque closest to the top of the marker is a bronze relief image of 5 people grouped together, pointing to the sky; they seem to be a…

Major Charles J. Loring Memorial Park
The park is comprised of three stones with plaques, with flags behind in one corner. The main portion of the park is made up of an outer semi circle and an inner circle, separated by a road. On the outer portion there are four granite post with…

September 11 Memorial
Black stone tablet that memorializes the fire fighters and police who died in the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Arctic Campaign Memorial
Made up of two pieces a white informational board that details information about the Campaign and a black stone with a dedication to those who served and died.

Portland Chinese-American History Walking Tour: 19 Monument Square
Small metal plaque, white with a green border. Top half contains the Chinese symbol for Friendship in green; below the symbol is the inscription in green text. At the bottom is the name of the organization who put up the marker, the Chinese &…

Portland Chinese-American History Walking Tour: 573 Congress St
Small metal plaque, white with a red border. Top half contains the Chinese symbol for Friendship in red; below the symbol is the inscription in red text.

Memory Wheel
A large stone circle that lies parallel to the ground. The circle is broken into three sections, each section with 19 items. The innermost section has names, the middle section has dates (year-year format), and the outermost section has sentences…

Gorham's Corner Marker
Stone pillar with a bronze plaque on top. The pillar stands next to the John Ford statue. The inscription on the plaque covers the Corner's origin, history, and the fact it was the original location of the Irish population in the city.

Firefighters Memorial
Black stone tablet, flanked by two benches of the same material. The inscription quotes a New York Fire Department chief, and the list of names of all of the Portland fireman who have died on duty.

Baxter's Boulevard
An informational board, that includes a map and the names of all of the trails in Portland, a description of the works of Portland Trails, and a history of Portland's park system.

Press Herald Building Marker
Plaque detailing the history of the Portland Press Herald Building, Guy Gannett and the Newspaper and Media Companies that were once housed in the building.

J. B. Brown Memorial Building Plaque
Bronze plaque that relates the history of 529 Congress Street which once housed Rines Bros. Company.

William A. Goodwin Playspace Sign
White sign at the entrance of the play area in Deering Oaks Park. The front contains the name of the park and dedication date. The back of the sign has biographical information on Goodwin and his importance to the Portland Park system.

USS Portland Informational Sign
Informational sign with four sections, and several images of the USS Portland and other items relating to its history. The text of the sign are on the history of the ship, its wartime service and how it came to be in Portland.

Portland Tug Memorial
Memorial stone for two worker killed in accidents on tugboats in Portland Harbor.