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    Friday Sep 23, 2016 | 8:41 am

    Franco-American soldiers, veterans and families

    Two World Wars during the last century, 1914-1918 (the Great War) and 1941-1945 (World War II), reshaped the Franco-American “little Canada” communities. Both wars and the experiences shared by the veterans gave Franco-Americans the opportunity to publicly demonstrate their national patriotism. In fact, the Franco-American men joined the US military in large numbers, while their contributions to the wars were endured and supported by their French families at home. A […]

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    Friday Sep 16, 2016 | 8:34 am

    French-Canadian immigration history first person stories

    Most immigration histories to America focus on the turn of the 20th century and the waves of people who passed the Statue of Liberty while entering Ellis Island in New York Harbor. French-Canadian immigration is seldom mentioned in America’s immigration history.  Now, there is a renewed focus about this often overlooked history with French-Canada. First person stories to describe the immigration histories are the best ways to describe how the […]

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    Friday Sep 09, 2016 | 8:41 am

    Veterans – Franco-Americans during Wartime: A Heritage of Service

    All Franco-American veterans and their families are invited to bring their memories, wartime materials and memorabilia to “The Collection” for “digitization day” on October 22, 2016.  Passer le mot! (Spread the word!) In Lewiston, the Franco-American Collection (The Collection) preserves and promotes the culture and heritage of Maine’s Franco-American population. Located in the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn campus (USM LAC), The Collection holds a wealth of research materials, and […]

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    Friday Sep 02, 2016 | 9:11 am

    Franco-American immigration: “Immigrant Odyssey”

    Franco-American immigration into Maine and New England began with the first French 1604 settlement on St. Croix Island, between Calais and New Brunswick, Canada.  Many Franco-Americans and those who share French-Canadian ancestry in Maine, as well as throughout the US, are descendants of the settlers who immigrated to North American with the French explorers Jacques Cartier (1491-1557) and Samuel Champlain (1574-1635). When Americans re-examine the social and public policy issues […]

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    Friday Aug 26, 2016 | 9:41 am

    Francophone villages and cities links in Lewiston-Auburn

    Jacynthe Blais Jacques coordinated a video team from Quebec, that filmed Lewiston-Auburn’s Franco-American cultural programs. Among sites proposed to be in the video include the Franco-Center in Lewiston, the Franco-American Collection (FAC) at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn Campus (USM LAC), the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Lewiston and a French language group gathering, in Lewiston. Creating a network of Francophone villages and cities Jacynthe Blais […]

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    Friday Aug 19, 2016 | 7:32 am

    Boothbay Railway Village “Merci Car”- tribute to researcher

    An interesting museum to visit, especially if you happen to be touring the Maine Coast this summer, or even into our colorful fall season (or any other time, too) is the Boothbay Railway Village.  Special railroad transportation histories are exhibited at this scenic location, especially Maine’s “Merci” boxcar, a gift from France. In 2009,  I was fortunate to be invited to participate with the opening of the “Merci” car exhibit […]

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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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