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    Friday Jul 15, 2016 | 7:12 am

    Meeting French culture at Boston University Mugar Library

    Perhaps, it was weirdly coincidental for me to have been up close and personal with the Emperor Napoleon’s death mask during a recent professional visit to the Boston University’s Mugar Library. Also, among the library’s exhibits was a poster display including this likeness of Saint Joan of Arc.  For me, both images have an eerie, albeit tangential connection, with the Bastille Day, July 14, attacks in Niece, France. At the […]

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    Friday Jul 08, 2016 | 9:34 am

    French history in North America – Acadia and the Maine Coast

    Mt Desert- During the Centennial recognition of Maine’s magnificent Acadia National Park, I was recently reminded by Don Cyr, of Lille Maine, who is a St. John Valley historian, about how  French-Acadian history is tied to the exploration of the Maine Coast, mapped by the great Samuel de Champlain.  This connection is historic because the first formal French settlement in North American was located on St. Croix Island in Calais, […]

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    Friday Jul 01, 2016 | 8:18 am

    French colonial settlement history for summer visitors

    CALAIS, Me. – Visitors to Maine who want to learn about culture, genealogy and history are a small sliver of the state’s tourism population, but the data presented to the Task Force on Franco-Americans showed they tend to stay in the state longer than others. Indeed, there are lots of interesting Maine places to see and learn, whether you’re a traditional tourist, a cultural visitor or a native stay-cationer. In […]

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    Friday Jun 24, 2016 | 8:16 am

    Franco-American Nurses in Maine history

    In my career as a professional registered nurse, it was an honor to be included among a group of colleagues who co-authored a centennial nursing history of Maine. Our authors’ presentation, at the invitation of the Maine Historical Society (MHS), at the Longfellow House in Portland on June 23rd, gave me the opportunity to speak about some Franco-American nursing heroines. In fact, several Franco-Americans, including the humanitarian Grey Nuns from […]

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    Thursday Jun 16, 2016 | 7:53 am

    Jean-Claude Redonnet to debut “Rendez-vous at Moscou” at PortFringe

    “I wrote this play about war and memory to pay homage to my grandfather Baptiste Fabre and to his brother-in-law Joseph Fauré, who were veterans of World War I, and to their beloved ones at the Rear. It is based on a true story,”, says Jean Claude Redonnet, the author of the play “Rendez-vous at Moscou”.  The play is performed in English and is one of the PortFringe 2016 festival’s […]

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    Friday Jun 10, 2016 | 9:29 am

    French heritage architect added beauty to Hallowell Maine History

    HALLOWELL, Me- There’s hardly any place in Maine where some heretofore forgotten hidden gem of beauty and information can be revealed, while in plain view. I discovered Hallowell to be among one of those places. Often, the origins of such spots can be attributed to the state’s French history, having been originally settled by French colonists in 1604, in St. Croix Island, in Calais. Therefore, I shouldn’t have been surprised […]

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    Friday Jun 03, 2016 | 8:26 am

    Jubilee celebration for Father Raymond Auger at St. Theresa of Lisieux

    Father Raymond Auger recalled when he celebrated his first Mass, as a newly ordained Roman Catholic priest.  “It was pouring rain that day in Biddeford on Sunday May 27, 1956, at St. Joseph’s Church,” he said, to the more than 200 faithful who joined him to celebrate his 60th jubilee, in Sanford. But, the weather was beautifully sunny with warm temperatures on Sunday May 22nd, for “Father Ray’s” 60th anniversary, […]

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    Friday May 27, 2016 | 8:11 am

    Paul Bunyan – Franco-American folk hero subject of songs

    A fun place to visit over the Memorial Holiday weekend. BANGOR- Paul Bunyan is a popular American folk hero who visually portrays the lumberjacks’ heritage as a larger than life common working man.  It’s likely he’s also America’s original Franco-American folk hero. Joe Pickering Jr. is a Bangor lyricist who enjoys writing clever narrative about Paul Bunyan, his favorite tall tale hero of both Maine and national fame. Joe was inspired to write about […]

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    Wednesday May 18, 2016 | 8:36 am

    World War I- French Canadians and Franco-Americans

    A sea of red, white and blue American flags will flood Memorial Day commemorations, as families will take the opportunity to pay respects to those who served in the military. Franco-American veterans are among the thousands who will be remembered. As a matter of fact, a veterans’ history program in Lewiston, held at the Franco-American Collection, at the University of Maine Lewiston Auburn College (USM LAC), brought the first 20th […]

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