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 2018

Maine Homes; House Tour; Modern in the Middle, Candace Karu

Maine Homes; House Tour; Retro Revival, Sarah Stebbins and Chris Becker Photographer

Maine Homes; House Tour; Rough Diamond, Debra Spark and Sandy Agrafiotis Photographer

Maine Homes; House Tour; Small Wonder, Sarah Stebbins

Maine Homes; House Tour; Super Natural, Sarah Stebbins and Rob Karosis Photographer

Maine Homes; My Space; Angela's Aerie, Sarah Stebbins

Maine Homes; My Space; Drawing Room, Sarah Stebbins and Cody Barry Photographer

Maine Homes; My Space; Story Land, Sarah Stebbins and Douglas Merriam Photographer

Maine Homes; Renovation; Fixer-Upper, Sarah Stebbins

Maine Homes; Renovation; Joy Ride, Sarah Stebbins and Hilary Susan Photographer

Maine Homes; Tiny Homes; Welcome to Smallville, Jesse Ellison and Benjamin Williamson

Maine Homes; Trimmings; Merry and Bright

Maine Music Lore, Brian Kevin, Mary Pols, Buzz Poole, Josh Roiland, Rob Sneddon, and Andrew Vietze

Mainers Giving Back, Molly Haley Photographer, Michaela Cavallaro, Jesse Ellison, Kathryn Miles, and Steve Rideout

Maturationland, Brian Kevin and Michael Byers

Meet the Cruisers: When your seagoing hobby becomes a seagoing lifestyle, the only way to enjoy the Maine coast is by boat. Who Needs Route , 1 anyway?, Caitlin Gilmet

My Dinner with Kerry, Michael D. Wilson Photographer and Malcolm Bedell

My Favorite Place; Aroostook Potato Country, Virginia M. Wright and Paul Cyr Photographer

My Favorite Place; Belfast harbor and Bay, Molly Gawler and Neal Parent Photographer

My Favorite Place; Cupsuptic Lake, Rangeley, Brian Kevin

My Favorite Place; Deering High School, Portland, Allan Monga

My Favorite Place; Gorham Mountain, Acadia National Park, Brian Kevin

My Favorite Place: Mackworth Island State Park, Falmouth, Brian Kevin

My Favorite Place; Rob Caldwell, Brian Kevin

My Favorite Place; Umbagog Lake, Magalloway, Noah Gray-Cabey

My Maine; Christmas 1968, Victor Stanley

My Maine; Happy Hunting

My Maine; Moby and Me, Suzanne Rico

My Maine: White Wedding; To prepare for married life, she's looking to one of Maine's great love stories, Bobbie Ford and Christine Mitchell Adams

North by East; A Confederacy of Dunces: In recent years, the rebel flag has become an all too familiar sight in Maine, Will Grunewald

North By East; Amusement; Summer of Speed: Palace Playland's newest coaster brings the heat, Greta Weber

North By East; Bad Buoys: A new wave of Maine wrestlers puts a beatdown on the Pine Tree State's reputation as a pro-wrestling backwater

North by East; Beacon of Solitude: An ice fisherman builds himself a singular frozen sanctuary, Finn Bradenday and Scott Farrell Photographer

North By East; Big Question; Can self-driving cars put the kibosh on Route 1 traffic jams?, Mary Pols

North By East; Boating; Row, Row, Row, Jaed Coffin and David Dostie Photographer

North By East; Book Review; Take Care, Genevieve Morgan

North by East; Books; Deep in the Seaweeds, Will Grunewald

North by East; Cold Pursuit: When lakes turn lonely and frigid, Bob Lombardo goes searching for the perfect sheet of ice. Lace up an tag along for a skate on the wild side, Frances Killea

North By East; Dance; Old Flame: The Portland Ballet tiptoes its way to reimagining The Firebird, Frances Killea

North by East; Down East Dispatches

North By East; Downeast Dispatches

North By East; Film Fest; Going Bigger: Outdoor adventure flicks are barnstorming Maine this summer, Will Grunewald

North By East; Film; We're Still Here, Will Grunewald

North by East; Having a Blast

North by East; How Now, Stephen King? Can Shakespeare help us grasp the Maine author's cultural sway?, Will Grunewald

North By East; Illustration; Furry Friends, Brian Kevin

North By East; Itinerary; Picture-Perfect Christmas, Will Grunewald

North By East; Kid Lit; A Very Bruce Christmas, Joel Crabtree

North By East; Live Music; Anniversary Parties, Lindsey Moran

North By East; Lobster Biz; Bait and Switch: In a tug-of-war between lobstermen and regulators over catch reporting, Mainers didn't get the deal they expected, Mike O'Leary Illustrator and Jesse Ellison