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    Friday Aug 12, 2016 | 7:28 am

    Franco-American leader Doris Bonneau leads The Collection

    LEWISTON Me- Franco-Americans are Maine’s largest ethnic minority group. At least 30 percent of Maine’s population are Franco-Americans and/or shares the heritage with ancestral roots in French Canada. At the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn Campus, in Lewiston, the Board of the Franco-American Collection will be offering a series of cultural and educational programs to continue to build pride and community awareness about this important heritage. Honoring veterans is […]

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    Friday Aug 05, 2016 | 8:01 am

    Keeping French language in the culture – a bridge to a new generation

    Many immigrant groups take pride in speaking the language of their heritage. Unfortunately, Franco-Americans were told their French “wasn’t good enough”. A lasting result of this label has been to see French language fluency being diminished. In fact, this wrong minded concept was even reinforced by a cruel law that was on the books in Maine until 1969, and written about in an eloquent essay titled “The Silent Playground”, by […]

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    Friday Jul 29, 2016 | 9:18 am

    French Acadian memorials monuments: La Force d’un peuple

    Le Grand Dérangement- Commemoration of the Great Upheaval. This is an important time in the history of the French Acadians, because Canadian data reports how this special population are now in decline and their cultural identity is impacted by their shrinking numbers. Nevertheless, the strength of the Acadians’ resilient spirit, evident more than 250 years post the deportation by the British, continues to demonstrate resolve, in the movement to create […]

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    Friday Jul 22, 2016 | 6:46 am

    Keep the French-Acadian history alive

    Boundless energy is how Lucie LeBlanc Consentino of Methuen Massachusetts describes her enthusiasm for teaching French Acadian history.  Indeed, she has become a travelling family historian for the French Acadians. Her passion for studying genealogy is motivated by her long association with the American-Canadian Genealogical Society in Manchester, NH, and it motivates her to teach others. Maine’s Franco-Americans are connected to this genealogy history. Among the people she teaches about […]

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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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