Tuesday September 2, 2014
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Tuesday September 2, 2014

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    Monday Aug 25, 2014 | 9:11 am

    Franco family names welcome at Gagne-Bellavance rassemblent in Wells -Ogunquit

    On the Gagne-Bellavance Family Association genealogy website, there’s a reference to a list containing 118 ways to spell the family’s name. Although the most common spelling is Gagne, it’s reported that the original spelling of the name, used in France, was Gasnier. Along with its various spellings, the website reports the name to be the tenth most common in the Province of Quebec today. During the family’s 17th century Quebec history, […]

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    Friday Aug 22, 2014 | 9:28 am

    Museum L-A features Mini Maker Faire September 6 in Lewiston

    Lewiston is a city where industrial entrepreneurs built successful businesses.  French-Canadians, largely from Quebec, were drawn by the thousands to Lewiston and Auburn, during the past two centuries, to work in the mills along the Androscoggin River. Connecting Lewiston’s and Auburn’s industrial pasts with the potential for future entrepreneurs is one of several goals for the non-profit Museum L-A, says Rachel Desgrosseilliers, a Franco-American who is the executive director of […]

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    Monday Aug 18, 2014 | 10:51 am

    French Acadians celebrate Feast of the Assumption Mass

    Dozens of hand bells were rung by a procession of children who proclaimed the opening of the Acadian Mass, on the Feast of the Assumption, in Madawaska, at the 2014 World Acadian Congress.  The bell ringing was a chilling reminder about the reason the French-Acadians continue to congregate every five years to research their religious and historic heritages. Also, the Acadians gather to celebrate their survival in the face of […]

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    Friday Aug 15, 2014 | 8:17 am

    French Acadian pride at St. John Valley fêtes

    Landscapes along the beautiful St. John River on both the Maine and New Brunswick Canada international border are brightly decorated with symbols of French Acadian pride. Town buildings are decorated with gold stars, the same five point icon adorning the red white and blue Acadian flags, a “bienvenu” to the thousands who are gathered to celebrate centuries of history, culture, religion, genealogy and the pride of belonging to the dozens […]

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    Monday Aug 11, 2014 | 10:24 am

    French-Canadian Women in “Along a River” by Jan Noel

    Along a River: The First French-Canadian Women,  by University of Toronto historian and associate professor Jan Noel, provides details about the important contributions of women to French-Canada. Their resilience is an attribute among Franco-American women, as well. Franco-Americans are familiar with the influence of women in the formation of the culture. Tens of thousands of Franco-Americans are related to at least one Les Filles du Roi (the daughters of the […]

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    Friday Aug 08, 2014 | 9:51 am

    Acadian history: Longfellow’s relevance of Evangeline

    Francoise Paradis wrote an interesting essay titled “The Relevance of Evangeline”.  In her narrative, she offers insight into the events that framed the writing of the classic, Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie.  But, beyond the facts, Paradis discussed the importance of the classic story for the generations of Acadian descendants, who suffered Le Grand Derangement, as well as for others who continue to share in the story’s meaning. As a […]

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    Monday Aug 04, 2014 | 8:58 am

    Acadian World Congress highlights the St. John Valley in August

    Beaucoup de programmes au Congrès Mondial!     News about St. JohnValley events in Maine continue to flow my way. Events include an outdoor Mass celebrated by Bishop Deeley on August 15th, also, a huge craft exhibition, a cultural preservation round table, book signings and the historic recreation of Maine’s old fashioned St. John River ferry crossing, are just a few of the growing list of events scheduled during this month’s […]

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    Wednesday Jul 30, 2014 | 7:51 am

    Museum L-A in Lewiston – vision for growth and education

    Lewiston and Auburn manufacturing histories in the communities will eventually be housed in a museum in the city’s downtown redevelopment. Current program plans include the upcoming Lewiston-Auburn Mini Maker Faire on September 6th, from 10 AM- 4 PM, at the Museum L-A and Bates Mill Atrium, at 35 Canal Street in Lewiston. A vision of the Museum L-A, currently housed in a complex on Canal Street, will be expanded and […]

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    Friday Jul 25, 2014 | 8:19 am

    Gagne-Bellavance Rassemblement: Gathering in Wells & Ogunquit

    Genealogy is about bringing the documented records of families and layers of their shared histories together. It’s also about meeting the people who are living the legacy of a family’s genealogy. On September 13, the families of the Gagne-Bellavance Association of America, Inc., will be gathering in Ogunquit and Wells, to explore their genealogical research. Their weekend program is scheduled at the Coastal House, on the Post Road in Wells. […]

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