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 1992

Phyllis Schartner, who raises many varieties of fruit at her farm near Unity, is, Susan Hermann Loomis

Rip Black, 88, retired Bailey Island lobsterman, won a bronze medal in the Summe

The city of Bath annually works to dispel early winter blues with its Solstice C, Jeff Clark

The legalization of marijuana has become a significant issue in Maine. Details i

The Maine State Building, built a century ago for the World's Columbian Expositi, Ellen MacDonald Ward

The story of the devastating ice-out of 1991, which wreaked havoc in the town of, Jeff Clark

The unexpected role hired men played at his father's farm is recalled by author, Robert P T Coffin

When Mary Louise Meyer and her late husband Norman bought the old Farnsworth far, Ellen MacDonald Ward

When Wall Street tycoon Philip Lees Smith left the New York Stock Exchange he he, George Carey

Submissions from 1991

Brief article about Kathleen Shattuck's business, called Common Sense Designs, i

Farm-raised venison is what some people today are calling "Maine's fastest growi, Susan Judy and Brian Lamb

Recent proposals to have the rotting hulks of the schooners "Hesper" and "Luther

Submissions from 1989

Brief article about an accounting firm in Auburn, Advantage Payroll Services, wh

Submissions from 1987

Article about Robert Woodbury's achievements and the changes at University of So

Long article about George Denney, who rose from being a clam digger to president

Submissions from 1984

Long article about the University of Maine School of Law in Portland, its histor

Submissions from 1983

Long article about University of Maine Orono's School of Forest Resources which

Submissions from 1981

Karl Edstrom of Massachusetts remembers a voyabe on the "Hesper" in 1920-21. Th

Submissions from 1979

Account of research being done by the Institute for Quaternary Studies at Univer

Submissions from 1974

Two articles about the "Hesper" and the "Luther Little", the two schooner hulks

Submissions from 1955

University of Maine enrolls largest class since year 1950. With enrollment figu