Down East magazine, has been publishing since August 1954, and continues as one of Maine's most prominent monthly magazines. Their web site's history page provides the following description:

"The goal of Down East has always been to hold a mirror up to Maine — its storied past and lively present — and to celebrate its flinty, independent character and unhurried way of life. As Maine has changed with the times, however, so has Down East. Today the state has come to embrace its future as well as its past. Accordingly, the magazine now focuses more on contemporary Maine life and what the future might bring and less on historical background and quaint rusticity. Booming circulation and advertising gains demonstrate the wisdom of this editorial shift."

Portland Public Library's collection of Down East is complete, and begins with the first issue, August 1954. The hard copies are available in the Portland Room.


Submissions from 2017

10 Big Cheeses, Martha Stewart, guest editor; Virginia M. Wright, senior editor; and Heidi Klingelhofer

10 Most Iconic Maine Photos of All Time, Brian Kevin, Jesse Ellison, Ben Williamson, Kathleen Fleury, Angela Waldron, Libby Bischof, Virginia M. Wright, and Rob Sneddon

2017 Down East Reader Photo Contest, Down East staff writers; Steven Perlmutter, photographer; Colleen Phaedra Wilson, photographer; Mike Czosnek, photographer; Tom Olson, photographer; Mike Cullivan, photographer; Michele Barker, photographer; Laura Zamfirescu, photographer; Jeannie Holden, photographer; Anne Stauffer, photographer; and Kevin Job, photographer

A Slice of Culture, Virginia M. Wright and Adam Detour, photographer

Best Places to Live in Maine, Down East staff writers; Sue Ann Hodges, photographer; and Susan Cole Kelly, photographer

Dooryard. Garden: Pots and Pans, Martha Stewart

Dooryard. Home: A Century of Skylands, Sarah Stebbins

Dooryard. Home: Fire and Ice; For Descendents of Maine's 19th-century Finnish Immigrants, the Sauna Ritual Has Lost None of Its Sanctity, Ike Johnson and Molly Haley, photographer

Dooryard. Home: Victorian Revamp, Meadow Rue Merrill and Meredith Perdue, photographer

Dooryard. Making it in Maine, Frances Killea

Dooryard. Making It in Maine: Bird Man, Jaed Coffin and Michael D. Wilson, photographer

Dooryard. Making it in Maine: Urning Their Keep, Lucinda Ziesing and Jason P. Smith, photographer

Dooryard. My Maine: Living Deep by the Fire, Robin McCarthy

Dooryard. My Maine. Storm Gathering, Meadow Rue Merrill

Dooryard. Recipe: Simply Elegant Chocolate Mousse, Annemarie Ahearn

Dooryard. Recipe: Sorrel is So Real, Martha Stewart

Dooryard. Recipe. Winter Comfort: A Classic British Dish is Well Suited to a Cold Maine Night, Annemarie Ahearn

Dooryard. Room With a View, Franklin Burroughs

Dooryard. Room With a View, Franklin Burroughs

Dooryard. Room With a View, Franklin Burroughs

Dooryear. Critters: Ladies and Gentlemen, the Beetles, Greg Westrich and Michael D. Wilson, photographer

Garden Party, Sarah Stebbins; Douglas Merriam, photographer; and Madeline Macomber, styler

Guide. Art: Art Nouveau, Will Grunewald

Guide. Art: Cover Story, Mira Ptacin

Guide. Dining: Brahma Grill, Joe Ricchio and Douglas Merriam, photographer

Guide. Dining: Coda, Virginia M. Wright and Michael D. Wilson, photographer

Guide. Dining: Oxford House Inn, Joel Ricchio and Douglas Merriam, photographer

Guide. Events: Thrills and Chills, Down East staff writers

Guide. Goods: Martha's Maine Must-Haves, Martha Stewart

Guide. Music: American Classic, Will Grunewald

Guide. Music: Reclaimed Timbre, Nick Schroeder

Guide. Reads: Gonzo Journal List, Nick Schroeder

Mother Hen, Virginia M. Wright and Greta Rybus, photographer

North by East. Aprés Ski?, Will Grunewald

North by East. At the Helm, Martha Stewart and Maria Simpson

North by East. Boy Oh Boycott: Checking Our Ego about an Embargo of Dirigo, Brian Kevin

North by East. Cabin Fever, Sarah Stebbins

North by East. Friends in High Places, Down East staff writers

North by East. Getting Connected: Can a Make-believe, 500-Mile Subway System Bring Down Easters Together?, Joel Crabtree

North by East. Lay of the Land, Murray Carpenter

North by East. Loon-y Toons: British Animator Will Rose Draws Inspiration from Eastport's Wildlife, Architecture, and Late-Night Justin Bieber Dance Parties, Brian Kevin

North by East. Pressed Together: Can an Iraqi Immigrant Build Community With a Newspaper?, Will Grunewald

North by East. Reflection: Welcome to Portlyn, Now Please Go Home, Ron Currie

North by East. Sealed with a Dog Kiss: What's a Pair of Maine Pooches Doing on a West African Postage Stamp?, Virginia M. Wright

North by East. What's in a Picture?, Down East staff writers

North by East. What's in a Picture?, Down East staff writers

North by East. What's in a Picture?, Will Grunewald

Reaping What They Sow, Mary Pols and Tristan Spinski, photographer

The Last Master, Charlotte Wilder and David Hills, photographer

The Stranger in the Woods, Michael Finkel and Michael Byers, illustrator