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.

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Submissions from 2017

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

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

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. 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. 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

Guide. Art: Art Nouveau, Will Grunewald

Guide. Art: Cover Story, Mira Ptacin

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

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

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

Guide. Music: Reclaimed Timbre, Nick Schroeder

North by East. Aprés Ski?, Will Grunewald

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

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

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

The Last Master, Charlotte Wilder and David Hills, photographer

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

Submissions from 2016

100 Years of Acadia National Park, [Down East staff writers]

8 Crazy Maine Ideas!, Lance Tapley, Sara Anne Donnelly, Edgar Allen Beem, Rob Sneddon, Brian King, Michael Erard, and Andrew Graham

All Aglow, Down East staff writers and Mike Taylor, photographer

Art of Giving 2016. Featured Artist: Matthew Russ, Down East staff writers

Art of Giving 2016. Featured Artist: R. Scott Baltz, Down East staff writers

Art of Giving. Artist Profile, Down East editorial staff

Best of Maine 2016, Down East editorial staff

Best Places to Live in Maine: Sweet '16, Down East staff writers; Darylann Leonard (Rangeley, Bethel); Sue Anne Hodges (Chebeague, Belfast); Mark Fleming (Cornish); Susan Cole Kelly (Damariscotta); Laurence Parent (Lubec); and Cait Bourgault (Cape Elizabeth)

Clean Sweep, Jesse Ellison and David Yellen, photographer

Country Way, Virginia M. Wright and Meredith Purdue, photographer

Dooryard. A Garden Legacy, Virginia M. Wright and Douglas Merriman, photographer

Dooryard. Critters: A Blizzard of Snowy Owls, Kristen Lindquist

Dooryard. Garden: An Edible Arrangement, Virginia M. Wright and Douglas Merriam, photographer

Dooryard. Home: Built to Last, Arielle Greenberg Bywater and Sarah Szwajkos, photographer

Dooryard. Home: Cabinet of Curiosities, Virginia M. Wright and Irvin Serrano, photographer

Dooryard. Home: Do You Live in a Barn?, Meadow Rue Merrill and Cait Bourgault, photographer

Dooryard. Home: Garden, Seaside Splendor, Jesse Ellison and Douglas Merriam, photographer

Dooryard. Home: Quarry House, Virginia M. Wright and Erin Little, photographer

Dooryard. Home: The Sand Castle, Virginia M. Wright and Meredith Perdue, photographer

Dooryard. Home: This Old New House, Melanie Brooks and Meredith Perdue, photographer