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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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    Wednesday May 11, 2016 | 9:05 am

    National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Awarded to Franco Collection at USM LAC

    Franco-American veterans and the public are invited to attend the May 17th program at the Franco-American Collection at the University of Maine Lewiston Auburn College (USM LAC) with Bates Professor Mary Rice DeFosse. In fact, The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a $10,477 Common Heritage Grant to the Franco-American Collection, located at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College, reported by Janet Roberts, coordinator  of the Collection. Included in the project is […]

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    Tuesday May 03, 2016 | 8:45 am

    Franco-American writer Robert Perreault

    Robert B. Perreault writes about the history of Franco-Americans . He’s an academic expert  who writes about New England’s Franco-American culture. It was a pleasure to meet Perreault at the Franco-American writers and artists retreat held on April 23-26 in Walpole, near Damariscotta, sponsored by the University of Maine’s Franco Center, located in Orono. Perreault is a writer, public speaker, and historical tour guide. He has published several books, more […]

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    Monday Apr 25, 2016 | 9:53 am

    Franco American writers, artists, poets: University of Maine Franco retreat

    A group of over 30 people shared in the many expressions of cultural diversity and the Franco-American immigration experience, at a retreat held at the University of Maine’s beautiful Darling Marine Center in Walpole (near Damariscotta), Maine.  A summary of the program explored how the Franco-American (and Native American) cultural experiences are, frankly, hidden in most of American history and literature. Sponsored by the Franco American Studies program at the […]

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    Wednesday Apr 20, 2016 | 7:43 am

    Lorraine Dutile Masure proudly speaks about Franco-Americans

    SANFORD- I’ve known Lorraine Dutile Massure for many years. She’s a delightful and dedicated professional, who has helped many people to advance their careers through lifelong learning with the University College, in York County and in the University of Maine System. Growing up in Sanford, Maine, she’s is proud to be a first generation Franco-American. In fact, her family’s genealogy is traced back to King Louis XIV of France, through […]

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    Monday Apr 11, 2016 | 9:38 am

    Lac-Mégantic in Quebec: humanitarian update

    Rotary Clubs in Maine and New Hampshire joined efforts to help our French-Canadian neighbors after a runaway train on July 6, 2013, destroyed the picturesque town of Lac-Mégantic in Quebec. Paul Deschambault is a member of the Rotary Club of Biddeford-Saco, ME, and he helped to lead the successful humanitarian efforts to assist the survivors, following the deadly tragedy. He gave an update about the positive impact of the international […]

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    Monday Apr 04, 2016 | 9:32 am

    Susan Deschambault will represent State Senate District 32

    “Sa va tout passe”, said Maine State Senator-Elect Susan Deschambault about the occasion of her swearing in at the State House, when Governor LePage changed his schedule. BIDDEFORD- “We grew up working hard to be the best we could be” said Deschambault about her Franco-American heritage, during a phone interview. Deschambault won a special election on March 29, to represent York County District 32, covering Biddeford, Kennebunkport, Arundel, Dayton, Lyman […]

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    Tuesday Mar 29, 2016 | 9:14 am

    White House State Dinner guest Senator Angus King

    TOPSHAM, Me- Maine Senator Angus King expressed his warm feelings about Franco-Americans during an interview in Topsham,, where we met to discuss his invitation to the White House State Dinner on March 10th, to welcome Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “I thought about how warmly I feel towards Franco-Americans. I feel a friendship with and respect for Franco-Americans. They have been generous to me. I feel a warm emotional connection […]

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    Monday Mar 21, 2016 | 9:37 am

    Easter and Maple Syrup: Le Dimanche de Pâques et de sirop d’érable

    Easter Sunday 2016 is especially early this year. It’s the fourth Sunday on March 27th, the same day when the annual Maine Maple Sunday is also celebrated. This is a rare opportunity to create a family memory by visiting a Maple Sugar Shack, after attending religious celebrations, going to Mass and enjoying the traditional Easter Egg hunt. Franco-Americans have grown up with de sirop d’érable. In fact,  it’s a sweet […]

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