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    Friday Nov 21, 2014 | 9:34 am

    Adrien Ringuette genealogy book collection gift to Centre Franco-Americain

    A substantial collection of genealogical materials was donated by the family of  Adrien Ringuette to the Centre Franco-Americain, at the University of Maine in Orono. Lisa Michaud and a group of UMO Centre community supporters are working to construct the shelving space within the Centre’s location, at Crossland Hall, to house over 4,500 books, maps and research materials donated by Celeste Ringuette, in memory of her late husband, who died […]

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    Monday Nov 17, 2014 | 9:30 am

    Franco-American research from New Hampshire

    Margaret Langford is a retired professor of French and Franco-American studies from Keene State College in Cheshire County, New Hampshire.  Her report about New Hampshire’s Franco-Americans mirrors data about Maine’s population demographics. A link to her power point presentation is included in this blog (link below). Maine and New Hampshire share about the same population demographics regarding the percent of Franco-Americans who claim French-Canadian ancestry. A University of Maine study, […]

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    Thursday Nov 13, 2014 | 9:54 am

    St. Louis Paccard Foundry bells restoration update

    Auburn is getting closer to raising the $12,000 from private donations needed to place four historic Paccard Foundry bells, made in France, in a historic memorial to honor the community’s Franco-American heritage. Donations from people in Auburn and Lewiston, raised for the acquisition and preservation of the 1915 Paccard Foundry Bells of Auburn, has so far raised $7,085.00.  Funds will continue to be collected until December 27th when the goal is […]

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    Friday Nov 07, 2014 | 9:52 am

    Franco-American Veterans Honor Rolls

    Franco-Americans are among the thousands of veterans names, engraved on Maine and New England’s military Honor Rolls.  Attached to municipal buildings and churches are the names of those who didn’t return from serving in past wars. Their names are often inscribed alongside those who survived. A particularly interesting plaque is part of a World War I memorial located at the St. Augustine Church on Sand Hill in Augusta, Maine. It’s […]

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    Monday Nov 03, 2014 | 9:40 am

    Franco-American Tourtieres paquet d’épices

    Tourtiere is a perfect way to open up a cultural discussion among typically reticent Franco-Americans. Paquets d’épices for flavoring the Tourtieres are special ways to pass on the culinary tradition, especially when they’re attached to copies of the written recipe. Although Franco-Americans are sometimes characterized as a “quiet presence”, (per the writer Dyke Hendrickson), the fact is, talk about Tourtiere quickly gets any quiet group’s conversation going. In fact, it’s […]

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    Friday Oct 31, 2014 | 9:22 am

    Franco-American World War I veteran and the Great Influenza

    There’s an obvious buzz in the recent news about the US military and infectious disease quarantines. Although the Ebola virus risk is the current infectious disease worry, in fact, the US military was ravaged in the past by the 1917-18 Great Influenza pandemic. My Franco-American father in law was among thousands of World War I veterans who were retained at Camp Devons, Massachusetts, when the influenza struck. A panoramic antique […]

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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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