Portland Monthly was founded in 1985 by Colin and Nancy Sargent. The monthly magazine has won numerous awards for its design. Their web site’s “about us” page provides the following description:

“Portland Magazine celebrates the region’s native appeal with award-winning columns on the waterfront; profiles of the region’s business and people; and features on the area’s arts, getaways, maritime history, geography, and cuisine.”

Portland Public Library’s collection of Portland Monthly is complete, and begins with the first issue, October 1985. The hard copies are available in the Portland Room.


Submissions from 1989

The very busy period before a Portland Stage Company production opens is describ, Jake Jacobson

The Kennebec River's Swan Island has its own mysteries as related by Maine poet, Kendall Merriam

Porlanders who work by night are generally nocturals by choice. Includes interv, W Kirke Reynolds

The Carnaval de Quebec has been called "the world's biggest winter celebration,", Jonathan White

Submissions from 1988

Both Brenda Humphrey and Kevin Grenise edit a Portland neighborhood newspaper.

Portland Harbor was once home to an original Civil War ironclad, the monitor Mon

Portland's Center for Community Dental Health was founded in 1918 as the Red Cro

Prominent Hollywood film director John Ford began as Sean O'Feeney Jr. in Cape E

The Jackson Laboratory on Mount Desert Island breeds three million mice a year f

The Kenneth Roberts Centennial Commission is trying to establish a permanent col

Tongue-in-cheek article projects the future of Maine's now-graying Baby Boomers.

Frances Peabody is an 84-year-old Good Samaritan who tries to ease the suffering, Vicki Adams

The first Armenians arrived in Portland in 1896. Today more than 200 Armenian f, Jack Barnes

Biographical sketch of William Wallace Gilchrist Jr., Maine painter, known prima, William David Barry

A large number of condos on Chandler's Wharf are still unsold as the demand curv, John N. Cole

Portland has been at the center of actor Gary Merrill's life for so long that hi, John N. Cole

Old Orchard Beach's honky-tonk reputation poses some frustrating economic realiz, David Cook

The art of Maine homebuilding, including problems, is outlined in two articles., Amy Demers and John Taylor

Traditional Maine lobstermen are not seeing eye-to-eye with Maine draggers. Shor, John N. Glass

As property values rise there are still some Maine islands up for sale. Article, John S. Glass

Kennebunkport's "Christmas Prelude," started as an event for "locals," has bloss, Judith Hansen

Famous Maine architects and some of their buildings are discussed in pictures an, Christon S. Kellogg

Michael Kilgore, the "Catman of Long Island," buys 50 pounds of Meow Mix a week, Andrew Knowles

Brief article about spruce gum and the man who popularized it, John B. Curtis Jr, J Donald MacWilliams

In 1912 three Maine runners, Harden Holden and Vaughn Blanchard of Bates College, J Donald MacWilliams

Short, humorous article on Maine people who have caught spies., Eric Moody

Short profile article about World War II's notorious "Axis Sally," born Mildred, Eric Moody

The Maine Association of Handicapped Persons (MAHP) is largely responsible for P, Bonnie C. Moore and Nina Schwartz

The Dave Astor show was "a lot of things to a lot of people." Portland Monthly, Derek Nelson

The Maine Historical Society is trying to alert Mainers to how important some of, Derek Nelson

David Brooks, painter, sculptor, carpenter, also is responsible for the South Ha, Stephen Petroff

After 16 years, Cathy Moulton, a Deering High School student in 1971, is still m, Grantland S Rice

Burnham and Morrill, noted for its baked beans, didn't begin with that product., Andrea Ronning

Erebus, the now defunct avant-guard store on Portland's Center Street, had a ric, Andrea Ronning

Article about the Maine-built "Wendameen," the oldest Alden-designed auxiliary s, Colin Sargent

Gary Lawless of "New Age" fame is one of very few practicing poets in Maine. An, Colin Sargent

In 1948, Bobby Lofman, a Rockville schoolboy, appreared on the cover of Life mag, Colin Sargent

The frigate USS Samuel B. Gates, damaged by a submerged mine in the Persian Gulf, Colin Sargent

The Kennebunk River Indians are a breed of sloop created in the 1920s for young, Colin Sargent

Colby College, backed up by a Maine Supreme Court ruling, has outlawed fraternit, Margarete C. Schnauck

Maine is the Mecca for 1,800 photographers every summer and many of them study a, Margarete C. Schnauck

Martin Jones, playwright-in-residence for Portland's Mad Horse Theatre Company,, J P. Standish

Bill and Jayne Overton have come to Maine to start a cottage industry--movie-mak, Jonathan White

It was the building of the Grand Trunk Railroad which caused the filling-in of P, Jonathan White

Patsy Wiggins, Channel 6 anchorwoman, and her husband, Ted O'Meara, a candidate, Jonathan White

The dining area is small but as many as 500 patrons a day come into Raffles, the, Hank Whittemore

Submissions from 1987

Description of Portland's changing skyline from several vantage points., M Reed Bergstein

The remnants of Portland's participation in World War II, including military ins, Joel W Eastman

The seamanship of women is evidenced in the careers of LtJG June E. Ryan of the, Colin Sargent

A Kfoury-Weinschenk housing development including 44 houses, a meadow, nature wa, Margarete C. Scnauck

Submissions from 1986

Portland Monthly names "The 10 Most Intriguing People in Maine" and presents sho

The colorful history of Portland's "Gorham Corner" is traced by city councilor a, J Donald MacWilliams