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    Friday Apr 17, 2015 | 9:40 am

    Colby College: Jack Kerouac and Franco-American Migration

    Author of the American classic “On the Road”, and also identified with the 1950’s “beat generation”, Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) was a Franco-American who grew up speaking French in his hometown of Lowell, Mass. “Jack Kerouac and the Long Road of Franco-American Migration” was presented on Thursday afternoon, April 16th, by Professor Hassan Melehy, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who was a guest presenter. His Kerouac presentation […]

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    Friday Apr 10, 2015 | 9:58 am

    Dutremble tribute to Pepere Honore in Biddeford

    Dennis “Duke” Dutremble of Biddeford posted a poignant social networking tribute that caught my attention.  So I followed up. “A Dutremble Family Historical Fact” he wrote. “On this day, April 8, 1932, Biddeford Patrolman Honore Dutremble was killed on the corner of South and Kossuth Streets while performing his duties as a Biddeford police officer. Today, with his daughter, Yvette, all of his grand-children, great-grand-children, great, great- grand-children, and all […]

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    Friday Apr 03, 2015 | 7:08 am

    Film by Brenda Jepson: Acadians of the St. John Valley

    Maine’s Acadians, in Northern Aroostook’s lovely St. John River Valley (aka “The Valley) have created a special place where Franco-American history lives on, in the current generation.  A DVD about the region is available to highlight the history and culture about the Acadians who live there. Filmmaker Brenda Jepson says she’s been fascinated by the Acadian history in the St. John River Valley for quite some time. So, she produced […]

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    Tuesday Mar 24, 2015 | 7:37 am

    Yemen’s Former Ambassador Charles Dunbar spoke to Topsham group

    Expert information about Yemen and the crises there was presented by retired Ambassador Charles F. Dunbar, who spoke on March 22nd  in Topsham. He spoke about the Southwest Asian Republic of Yemen, located on the Arabian Peninsula. Also, Dunbar is among a friendly group of French speaking neighbors and friends, who meet for lunch at one another’s homes, where they speak français seulement (French only).  Alison Johnson, of Topsham, coordinates […]

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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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