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 2016

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

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)

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

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

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

Dooryard. Home: Thrifty (but Nifty), Virginia M. Wright and Megan Jones, photographer

Dooryard. Making it in Maine: All Grown Up, Edgar Allen Beem and Stacey Cramp, photographer

Dooryard. Making it in Maine: A Practical Application, Rob Sneddon and Alex Gagne, photographer

Dooryard. Making it in Maine: On Their Feet, a Rejuvenated Quoddy Footwear Finds a Niche in the Maker Movement, Meadow Rue Merrill and Jared Lank, photographer

Dooryard. Making it in Maine: The Cool Hunter, Lorry Fleming and Cait Bourgault, photographer

Dooryard. My Maine: Pardon My French, Charlotte Albright

Dooryard. My Maine. Taste Test, Lorry Fleming

Dooryard. My Maine: The Clam Digger, Jon Keller

Dooryard. My Maine: The Snow Globe, Ken Textor

Dooryard. Recipe: Comfort in a Bowl, Annemarie Ahearn

Dooryard. Recipe: First Taste of Spring, Annemarie Ahearn

Dooryard. Recipe: Slow Food, Annemarie Ahearn

Dooryard. Recipe: Sweet and Tart, Annemarie Ahearn

Dooryard. Room With a View: Divos of the Wetlands, Paul Doiron

Dooryard. Room With a View: Season of Myths, Paul Doiron

Dooryard. Room With a View: The Winter Excuse, Paul Doiron

Dooryard. Room With a View: Through a Glass Coldly, Paul Doiron

Dooryard. Room With a View: We Want to Believe, Paul Doiron

Evolving Dorr, Kathryn Miles

Feast at the Beach, Sandy Oliver; Catrine Kelty, stylist; and Michael Piazza. photographer

Fire Escape, Lance Tapley

From Our Archives. May 1995: Burn, Barrens, Burn!, [Editorial staff writers]

From Our Archives. Summer 1959: Sand Beach Solitude, [Down East editorial staff]

Game Changer: Is Rockland about to Become Maine's Artiest Town?, Virginia M. Wright

Guide. Art: Creating Man, Daniel Kany

Guide. Book: A Life in Verse, Virginia M. Wright

Guide. Book: Who Are We?, Virginia M. Wright

Guide. Dance: Celeste! Green's! Rock! Ballet!, Will Grunewald

Guide. Dining: Anju Noodle Bar, Joe Ricchio and Meredith Perdue, photographer

Guide. Dining: Canterbury Royale, Joe Ricchio and Mark Fleming, photographer

Guide. Dining: MK Kitchen, Joe Ricchio and Douglas Merriam, photographer

Guide. Dining: Union, Elizabeth Peavey and Douglas Merriam, photographer

Guide. Film: Filmed (Not) on Location, Clark Shepard

Guide. Hobbies: Color Me Calm, Virginia M. Wright

Guide. Music: Young Punks, Arielle Greenberg Bywater

Guide. Nightlife: Vena's Fizz House, Joe Ricchio and Douglas Merriam, photographer

Guide. Opera: Bohemian Rhapsody, Brian Kevin

Guide. Performance: True Confessions, a Storytelling Scene Grows in Lewiston at The Corner, Sara Ann Donnelly

He Is Not the Champion, My Friend, Brian Kevin

I Dream of Dahlias, Naomi Graychase and Margaret Rizzio, illustrator

Into the Wild(ish), Brian Kevin; Dom Casserly, photographer; and Jarrod McCabe, photographer

Mini-Me: Six Homeowners Find Big-time Pleasure in Their Tiny Retreats, Cynthia Anderson and Irvin Serrano, photographer