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    Monday Oct 27, 2014 | 9:51 am

    All Saints Day – three Maine Franco-American biographies

    Maine’s Franco-Americans can recognize three revered icons from the state’s history and culture, whose biographies should be honored on All Saints Day.  Each year, the Roman Catholic faithful celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints on November 1st, better known as All Saints Day.  Three Maine biographies are among those who certainly demonstrated their personal qualifications to be recognized during this religious celebration, based upon their devotions and contributions to improving […]

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    Friday Oct 24, 2014 | 9:06 am

    Franco-American legends about le Loup Garou

    Halloween is the eve of All Saints Day, a Roman Catholic Holy Day. On the eve of All Saints Day, the tradition of honoring the dead has been practiced by Christians for centuries. This tradition provided opportunities to create legends, giving rise to the many varieties of spooks and goblins who dress in scary costumes today. Perhaps the oldest Franco-American and Acadian folk tales associated with Halloween or All Saints […]

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    Monday Oct 20, 2014 | 7:08 am

    Les Drapeaux: flags represent diversity and heritage

    Franco-Americans and French Acadians display their international cultural diversity with iconic images on heritage flags. Colorful “les drapeaux” are decorated with emblems representing the history and culture, symbolic of Franco-American pride.  Heritage flags are often seen unfurled alongside formal national flags, like the American Stars and Stripes and the Canadian Maple Leaf. Andrew Breault is a French student who brought the diversity of les drapeaux to the attention of the […]

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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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