August 22, 2016 by Sarah Ashlock
The Maine Historical Society also opened a new exhibition (until October 2) commemorating the Great Portland Fire of 1866. This fire was started by fireworks and destroyed 1,800 buildings leaving 10,000 homeless. Maps, newspapers, photographs and personal memorabilia will show the dramatic impact the event had on the development of the city. (Here, the 1866 painting by George Frederick Morse, from the exhibit - one of four he painted of the event, this one from Middle Street looking West near Plum Street. Morse, 1834-1925, was a founder of the Portland Art Society, a draftsman and, later, superintendent at the Portland Company that located near this scene.)
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