Local Historical Links
Visit the - 19th Century Stereoview Images of Lewiston/Auburn Photo Gallery - An arrangement of over 300 Stereoview images from the mid to late 19th century. These images wre obtained courtesy of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and were compiled by David Gudas and Ron DeBlois.
Visit the - Robert R. Bedard Postcard Collection Photo Gallery - A collection of over 130 Lewiston and Auburn related postcards collected throughout Mr. Bedard's lifetime. He generously donated them to the public to be enjoyed forever more. His original postcards are now with the Androscoggin Historical Society and can be viewed at their facility.
HISTORIC LEWISTON: A self-guided tour of our history, architecture & culture
Prepared by The Historic Preservation Review Board City of Lewiston, ME (2001)
This 13 page pamphlet provides all the essentials needed to take walking tour of downtown Lewiston.
It's content is broken down into two sections, the first of which spotlights the Lewiston Mill System District and the second section focuses on other Historic Buildings and Sites. Brief explanations of each site are offered and a map is included with each sites location prominently identified. The pamphlet concludes with a very concise history of Lewiston on it's final page.
Turner's Souvenir Program of Lewistons One Hundredth Anniversary
By: Augustus R. Turner (This copy was provided for sharing by Jonathan LaBonte)
This rather amazing Souvenir Program was created for the Centennial Celebration of the City of Lewiston, Maine which was observed on July 3rd and 4th of 1895. Besides the expected program of events, it's 124 pages contain much more, including period poems, historical photos and advertising.
It's more prominent textual components include short biographies of various Lewiston key figures of the time and a history of the City itself. According to the program "Mr. Augustus R. Turner, the publisher of this book, has tried hard to give a brief and correct outline of Lewiston's early history. In his labors he has endeavored to separate truth from error, fact from fiction, as they come down to us from half forgotten days in legend, tradition and annals of the past."
Museum L-A strengthens community and connections between generations by documenting and celebrating the economic, social, and technological legacy of L-A and its people.
Museum L-A chronicles the history of work, industry and community in Lewiston and Auburn; serves as a community gathering place; creates engaging learning experiences; and contributes to the civic, cultural, and economic revitalization of L-A.
(located in the nearby City of Auburn)
The purposes of the Society shall be: the discovery, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge about the history of Androscoggin County and the State of Maine.
Maine State Museum
(located in Augusta, ME)
Four floors of exhibits, many educational programs, and thousands of collections items from Maine’s history, pre-history, and environment make the museum a popular destination for visitors, as well as a place of pride for Maine people.
Sanford, Everts and Co. Maps for Lewiston and Auburn - 19th century maps of Lewiston and Auburn in the collection of David M. Rumsey - Maps originally published by EF. Sanford and WP. Everts.
University of Southern Maine (Lewiston-Auburn College) Franco-American Collection
(located in Lewiston)
The Franco-American Collection at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College has many materials relating to the history of the Twin Cities, especially the prominent Franco-American Collection. It contains thousands of photographs, books, newspapers, records and films and is the largest repository of Franco-American material in the state.