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 2020

Good Things from Maine: The Fabric of Her Life, Jesse Ellison

Good Things from Maine: The Fleece Goes On, Amy Sutherland

Green Acres, Katy Kelleher

Hard Water Heritage, Michael D. Wilson

Heed the Plow, V. M. W.

House Tour: Field of Dreams, Jen DeRose

House Tour: High Style, Scott Hanson

House Tour: Innkeeper's Quarters, Jesse Ellison

House Tour: Room to Grow, Sarah Stebbins

House Tour: Slopeside Retreat, Jen DeRose

Keeping the Beat, W. G.

Larva-Hate Relationship, Laura Poppick

Last Raconteur Standing?, Brian Kevin

Lobsterboat Races, Charlotte Wilder

Love Builds a Garden, Lynette L. Walther

Magnum Opus, Will Grunewald

Maine Gives Back, Down East staff writers

Maine Homes: Garden: A Cheerful Mess, Virginia M. Wright

Maine Homes: Garden: Wild and Contained, Andrew Miller

Maine Homes: House Tour: Back to the Beach, Rachel Slade

Maine Homes: House Tour: Upta Camp - For Good, Jesse Ellison

Maine Homes: House Tour: Victorian Panache, Virginia M. Wright

Maker Spaces: Two for the Road, Jen DeRose

My Favorite Place: Abdi Nor Iftin: Big Falls Preserve, New Gloucester, Jennifer Van Allen

My Favorite Place: Bill Green, Bradford Camps, T8 R10 WELS, Virginia M. Wright

My Favorite Place: David Brancaccio, Lubec Channel, Lubec, Sarah Stebbins

My Favorite Place: David Whitney, Coburn Mountain, Brian Kevin

My Favorite Place: Dr. Marie Battiste, Nickerson Lake, Brian Kevin

My Favorite Place: Dr. Sean Birkel, Baxter State Park, Joel Crabtree

My Favorite Place: Habib Dagher: UMaine Advanced Structures and Composites Center, Orono, Virginia M. Wright

My Favorite Place: Jesse Labreck, Three-Cornered Pond, Augusta, Brian Kevin

My Favorite Place: Virginia M. Wright: Little Hunters Beach, Acadia National Park, Brian Kevin

My Favorite Place: William King: Stonehouse Farm, Bath, Brian Kevin

My Maine, Ted Gup

My Space: Shared Vision, Virginia M. Wright

Nordic Tracks, W. G.

North by East: "In Shah We Trust", Will Grunewald

North by East: Kuplink, Kuplank, Pétanque!, Jaed Coffin

North by East: Maine Dispatches, Down East staff writers

North by East: Maine or Bust?, Will Grunewald

North by East: Pretty State of Affairs, Buzz Poole

North by East: Rock of Ages, Will Grunewald

North by East: See Saws, Will Grunewald

North by East: See the Forest for the Trees, Will Grunewald

North by East: Sharp as Ever, Kaitlyn Schwalje

North by East: Sign of the Times, Peter Andrey Smith

North By East: Some Barn!, Joel Crabtree

North by East: The Art of Peace, Jaed Coffin

North By East: The Movies: Back to the Future, W. G.

Oddball Museums, V. M. W.