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    Friday Mar 13, 2015 | 8:37 am

    Je Suis Charlie analysis of events by Professor Jean Claude Redonnet

             A University of Maine Augusta presentation provided the opportunity for discussion about the January attacks in Paris. Beginning on Jaunuary 7, 2015, France experienced a series of horrific attacks that ultimately killed 17 people. Collectively, the lethal attacks were memorialized with the slogan “Je Suis Charlie”, after “Charlie Hebdo”, the name of the Paris based satirical magazine where the killing sprees began. Twelve people were killed […]

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    Friday Mar 06, 2015 | 8:00 am

    La semaine du francophonie – two programs in March

    Two welcome invitations arrived this week to celebrate La Semaine du Francophonie (The Week of the Francophones).  Both invites are free and open to the public to recognize Maine’s Franco-Americans. An invitation from the Franco-American legislative caucus chairs Senator Nate Libby and Representative John L. Martin extended a cordial welcome to attend the Maine Legislature’s annual Franco-American Day, on Wednesday, March 18, in the Augusta State House. Along with the […]

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    Friday Feb 20, 2015 | 6:54 am

    Franco-Americans of Lewiston-Auburn 150 year history

    A beautifully published history about the Lewiston and Auburn Franco-Americans of Maine,  is currently being showcased by the book’s authors, Mary Rice-DeFosse and James Myall.  They’re busy presenting programs and book signings at several events scheduled over the next few weeks, in Augusta, Lewiston and Auburn.  Other events are  in the process of being scheduled. This particular history is notable because it brings focus to the challenges and the pride […]

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    Friday Feb 13, 2015 | 9:31 am

    Snowshoe query – raquettes

    A reader sent out a query to help find the names of a couple of raquetteurs who traveled in the winter of 1925 – 1926, from Montreal to Lewiston, on snowshoes. Betsy Foster of Greenwood, Maine asks: “I’m curious about two men from Montreal who traveled by snowshoes from Montreal to Lewiston, Maine to attend the Canadian Snowshoe Convention in Lewiston, during the winter of 1925/26.  Their names were Wilfred […]

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    Friday Feb 06, 2015 | 9:17 am

    When the United States spoke French by François Furstenberg

    Franco-Americans are proud of the important French influence in American history.  “When the United States Spoke French: Five Refugees Who Shaped a Nation”, by historian François Furstenberg, describes, in often lively narrative, how five prominent French émigrés contributed to the colonial Franco-American alliance. Although New England’s Franco-Americans are largely descended from French colonial settlers who eventually migrated from Quebec and the Canadian Maritimes, the influence France had over colonial US […]

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    Friday Jan 30, 2015 | 10:38 am

    Le Forum – bonnes histoires

    An article of particular interest about the non-existence of Franco-American restaurants caught my attention while reading the recent Fall edition of The Forum.  “Francais ou Franco?” was republished from an original in Portland Magazine, April  2013, by Claire Z. Cramer. Reading articles in the University of Maine’s Le Forum is an excellent way to keep up with Franco-American news and culture.  Lisa Desjardins Michaud is the editor of the bilingual […]

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    Friday Jan 23, 2015 | 9:10 am

    Joëlle Morris sings Édith Piaf at le Club Calumet fundraiser

    Maine’s French Language Heritage Program and University of Maine Augusta French, will benefit from “Springtime in Paris”, a fundraising concert, dinner and auction, with Mezzo Soprano Joëlle Morris, on Saturday, March 14, from 6-9:30 PM, at Le Club Calumet in Augusta.   Morris will perform the music of the French diva Édith Piaf (1915-1963). Roger Pomerleau, is on the MFHLP Advisory Committee. He’s inviting the community to escape the mud and […]

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    Thursday Jan 15, 2015 | 10:20 am

    Support for French “je suis Charlie” from Franco-American Centre (FAC) Manchester NH

    Franco-Americans in Manchester New Hampshire showed support for the French and freedom of expression, by remembering the January 7, 2014 attacks in Paris and other places in France, at their “Soiree d’Hiver” winter program.  John Tousignant is the executive director of the Franco-American Centre, a non-profit organization located on the campus of Saint Anselm’s College. He explained the support the Franco-Americans in Manchester and throughout New England felt for the […]

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    Friday Jan 09, 2015 | 10:12 am

    Taconnett Falls Genealogical Library and web links

    A pleasant amount of unexpected information was found while I reviewed a genealogy article, sent to me by Robert Chenard, from the Taconnett Falls Genealogical Library in Winslow, Maine. Genealogy researchers are increasingly posting their vital statistics data for public access.  Decades of detail work are now available at the fingertips of computer search engines.  It’s amazing to learn about the many considerate people who are taking the time to […]

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