Educational Tools

The Gothic House, Spring Street, Portland

The Gothic House, Spring Street, Portland

Congress Street Historic District

Congress Street Historic District


Download these free walking tours to explore Portland and learn about our city's historic architecture. 
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Use our Architecture Defined page to learn about common architectural styles that can be found in the greater Portland area.
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Educational Publications

The City is a Classroom

The City is a Classroom is an educational workbook written to meet the 3rd grade curriculum, but has proven popular with children through adults.

This 3rd edition, revised in 2013, and generously funded by the Leonard C. and Mildred F. Ferguson Foundation and the CPB Foundation, includes an expanded local history time line and was a collaborative project with numerous historic sites in Portland.

Click here to purchase the workbook or contact us to learn more about using this resource in your third grade classroom.

The Portland Observatory: An Activity Book

With the Portland Observatory Activity Book, you will learn about the famous tower, the man who built it, how and why it was used, and how important it is today as a national historic landmark. Explore this maritime signal tower with page after page of fun, hands-on activities.

Click here to purchase the activity book.



Portland Landmarks Story Map

The city of Portland collaborated with Landmarks to create an interactive GIS map of Portland's 80 historic landmarks. Use this tool to enjoy an historic tour of Portland from your chair, on foot, or by car!