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 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

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

Dooryard. Home: True to Form, Virginia M. Wright and Erin Little, photographer

Dooryard. Home: Wild, Wild Life, Joel Crabtree and Jared Kuzia, photographer

Dooryard. Light and Cozy, Annemarie Ahearn

Dooryard. Making it in Maine: Against the Grain, Joel Crabtree and Stacey Camp, 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: Fun Guys, Jesse Ellison and Michael D. Wilson, photographer

Dooryard. Making it in Maine: Granola Gurus, John Gross man and Sarah Rice, photographer

Dooryard. Making it in Maine: Legendary Scoops, Elizabeth Peavey and Pat Piasecki, photographer

Dooryard. Making it in Maine: Nothin' But a Gi Thing, Amber Kapiloff and Michael D. Wilson, 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: Awakening, Angela Waldron

Dooryard. My Maine: Christmas in the Boatyard, Martha White

Dooryard. My Maine: Deer Spotting, Mitch Sturgeon

Dooryard. My Maine: Earnest Goes to Camp, David M. Shribman

Dooryard. My Maine: Glow Babies, Beth Ayotte

Dooryard. My Maine: Midcoast Liveratti, Sandy Oliver

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. On the Rocks: A Family Tradition Endures on the Pemaquid Penninsula, Meadow Rue Merrill and Cait Bourgault, photographer

Dooryard. Paddling with the Current, Joel Crabtree and Little Outdoor Giants, photography

Dooryard. Recipe: Bearing Fruit, Annemarie Ahearn

Dooryard. Recipe: Comfort in a Bowl, Annemarie Ahearn

Dooryard. Recipe: Earthly Delights, Annemarie Ahearn

Dooryard. Recipe: First Taste of Spring, Annemarie Ahearn

Dooryard. Recipe: November's Other Bird, Annemarie Ahearn