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 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

Among the Puffins, Down East staff writers

A Moving Essay, Kathleen Fleury

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

Best of Maine 2017, Editorial staff writers

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

Big Al’s is Huge!!!, Ron Currie and Michael D. Wilson, 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: Forward to the Past, Virgina M. Wright

Dooryard. Home: The Sailor's Nest, Virginia M. Wright and Jared Kuzia, 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: Hit Maker, Joel Crabtree and Brian Fitzgerald, photographer

Dooryard. Making It in Maine: Peace, Love, and Tofu, Jesse Ellison and Gabe Souza, photographer

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

Dooryard. My Maine: Fish Story, Tom Hennessey

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

Dooryard. My Maine. Storm Gathering, Meadow Rue Merrill

Dooryard. Recipe: Cherries, Baby, Annemarie Ahearn's

Dooryard. Recipes: Flower Moon Favorites, Annemarie Ahearn

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

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. Book: Boys of Summer, Will Grunewald

Guide. Dining: 18 Central Oyster Bar & Grill, Joe Ricchio and Douglas Merriam, photographer

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. Dining: Tulsi North, Joe Ricchio and Douglas Merriam, photographer

Guide. Events: June’s Blooms, Down East staff writers

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: Lady Lamb the Mystery, Will Grunewald

Guide. Music: No Second Fiddle, Joel Crabtree

Guide. Music: Reclaimed Timbre, Nick Schroeder