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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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    Friday Jan 30, 2015 | 10:38 am

    Le Forum – bonnes histoires

    An article of particular interest about the non-existence of Franco-American restaurants caught my attention while reading the recent Fall edition of The Forum.  “Francais ou Franco?” was republished from an original in Portland Magazine, April  2013, by Claire Z. Cramer. Reading articles in the University of Maine’s Le Forum is an excellent way to keep up with Franco-American news and culture.  Lisa Desjardins Michaud is the editor of the bilingual […]

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    Friday Jan 23, 2015 | 9:10 am

    Joëlle Morris sings Édith Piaf at le Club Calumet fundraiser

    Maine’s French Language Heritage Program and University of Maine Augusta French, will benefit from “Springtime in Paris”, a fundraising concert, dinner and auction, with Mezzo Soprano Joëlle Morris, on Saturday, March 14, from 6-9:30 PM, at Le Club Calumet in Augusta.   Morris will perform the music of the French diva Édith Piaf (1915-1963). Roger Pomerleau, is on the MFHLP Advisory Committee. He’s inviting the community to escape the mud and […]

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    Thursday Jan 15, 2015 | 10:20 am

    Support for French “je suis Charlie” from Franco-American Centre (FAC) Manchester NH

    Franco-Americans in Manchester New Hampshire showed support for the French and freedom of expression, by remembering the January 7, 2014 attacks in Paris and other places in France, at their “Soiree d’Hiver” winter program.  John Tousignant is the executive director of the Franco-American Centre, a non-profit organization located on the campus of Saint Anselm’s College. He explained the support the Franco-Americans in Manchester and throughout New England felt for the […]

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    Friday Jan 09, 2015 | 10:12 am

    Taconnett Falls Genealogical Library and web links

    A pleasant amount of unexpected information was found while I reviewed a genealogy article, sent to me by Robert Chenard, from the Taconnett Falls Genealogical Library in Winslow, Maine. Genealogy researchers are increasingly posting their vital statistics data for public access.  Decades of detail work are now available at the fingertips of computer search engines.  It’s amazing to learn about the many considerate people who are taking the time to […]

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    Monday Dec 29, 2014 | 9:59 am

    St. Joan of Arc – a French heroine biography

    St. Joan of Arc (1412-1431) has continued to live in the public domains of fact and fiction. In the centuries since she led France to victory against the British, and their accomplices the Burgundians, her fascinating life has continued to affirm her as a heroine of the French culture. A recently published biography about St. Joan, en francaise “Jeanne d’Arc”, by Kathrine Harrison, unites the myths, legends and facts about […]

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    Wednesday Dec 24, 2014 | 9:22 am

    Poutine and Ployes for brunch “fait facile”

    Two easy Franco-American recipes to prepare are the hearty “Poutine” and the healthy “Ployes”. Poutine is a Quebec recipe consisting of layered fried potatoes, and cheese smothered in a roux or gravy. Ployes are tasty and healthy Acadian pancakes made with buckwheat flour. In the past, these recipes were prepared, primarily, because they served lots of people rather inexpensively. Today Poutine and Ployes are heritage recipes. We can only imagine […]

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    Friday Dec 19, 2014 | 10:01 am

    Chansons tous at the Franco Center

    Esprit de Noël (Christmas Spirit) filled the Franco Center for Heritage and Performing Arts in Lewiston throughout December, with performances, music and Chants de Noël. Chants de Noël are sometimes called  “Noels”.  They’re Christmas Carols the Franco-Americans learned to sing at messe de Minuit (Midnight Mass) on Christmas Eve.  They are beautiful and nostalgic tributes to the Christmas story.  Even Franco-Americans who feel they’ve lost their French language skills can […]

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