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    Wednesday Oct 15, 2014 | 8:22 am

    Saving French at the University of Southern Maine – Franco-American response

    French is spoken in Maine. It’s not a foreign language for many thousands of Maine people. In fact, check it out. French is the primary language spoken by tens of thousands of people who live on both sides of the border in the St. John Valley on both sides of Maine’s international border with Canada.  In other words, French is the language of international trade and commerce in this area […]

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    Friday Oct 10, 2014 | 10:02 am

    World Acadian Congress reunion connects Brault name variations

    Andrew Breault of China, ME, is connected to “Breaux de Monde”, the universal family group consisting of people around the world who share an ancestry with French Acadian descendants of the 17th century settler Vincent Brault. Franco-Americans and Acadians who share this ancestry are likely to spell their names one of seven different ways. Their names can be spelled Breaux, Breau, Brault, Breault, Braud, Brot or Brow.  They’re probably related […]

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    Monday Oct 06, 2014 | 11:16 am

    French history in Les Miserables by The Portland Players in South Portland

    Victor Hugo’s classic novel Les Misérables described the impact of social oppression and revolution in early 19th century France. The Portland Players in South Portland, are performing an energized and talented theatrical immersion into this history, in their well directed production, running through October 19th.   Students of French history, language and literature study Hugo’s 1862 famous novel, because of the strong and compelling characters. Each of the characters is the […]

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    Friday Oct 03, 2014 | 9:54 am

    Acadian French – analysis on American-Canadian border

    Several sources of information are available to help learn about and protect the French spoken in Maine. Particularly of interest is the history of Acadian French, spoken throughout the St. John Valley in Maine, and New Brunswick, Canada and how French is widely spoken in these communities today.   In fact, French dialects, once commonly spoken in certain regions of the US, are fading. Yet, French spoken by natives of […]

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    Monday Sep 29, 2014 | 10:27 am

    Franco-American parishioners of St. Louis Church in New Auburn Maine

    In the now closed St. Louis Church parish archives, in New Auburn, are two prominent Franco-American families’ names, who helped purchase the belfry’s historic bells, in 1916, from the Pacccard Bell Foundry, in Annecy, France. They are the Dupont family, who owned and operated the Dupont Bakery on Second Street; and the Provost family, who lived on Fourth Street, both in New Auburn. Their neighborhood’s St. Louis Roman Catholic Church […]

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    Friday Sep 26, 2014 | 10:20 am

    St. Louis Church bells history mystery in New Auburn Maine

    Auburn city officials are eager to learn more about the history of four antique bells that were removed from the belfry of the St. Louis Roman Catholic Church, in New Auburn. They were installed in 1916, after the brick and mortar church was completed. The last time they rang was in the 1970’s, says Auburn’s Mayor Jonathan  LaBonté, who is leading the efforts to restore the bells. Eventually, they will […]

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    Monday Sep 22, 2014 | 10:00 am

    Franco-American attitudes on ethnic discrimination are changing- survey report

    Franco-Americans experienced discrimination in the past related to stereotypes. In the recent past, Franco-Americans have been criticized about speaking French with a particular accent or for finding English a challenging language to learn.  Also, Franco-Americans were the victims of discrimination for being largely Roman Catholics and because of stereotypes related to their immigrant working class social status.  These stereotypes were challenged by heroes within the culture. One of those heroes […]

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    Friday Sep 19, 2014 | 9:29 am

    French-Canadian most common names with roots in Perche region of France

    In a list of the 15 most common French-Canadian family names, at least eight can be traced to origins in the Perche region in western France. Daniel Gagné, a history enthusiast from Montreal, described his family’s connection to Perche, in a power point report on research about French colonial emigration, during a program to the Gagné-Bellavance Rassemblement, on September 13 in Wells-Ogunquit, Maine. In fact, the Gagnon and Gagné names are […]

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    Monday Sep 15, 2014 | 10:07 am

    Rassemblement Association Gagné-Bellavance in Wells-Ogunquit

    La foi, la langue, la culture avec beaucoup de musique! French and English was heard spoken, almost as though the two were one language, while family members enjoyed learning about the Franco-Americans of Maine and the history of the Gagné-Bellavance family tree, at la Rassemblement (gathering or rally) of the Association Gagné-Bellavance, during the weekend of September 13-14, 2014, in Wells-Ogunquit. Attendees certainly  experienced a beautiful weekend to learn about Franco-Americans […]

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