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Monday July 28, 2014

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    Monday Jul 21, 2014 | 9:23 am

    Sand Hill- Franco-Americans in Augusta

    A walking tour of Augusta Maine’s Sand Hill neighborhood, tells a snippet about the Franco-American immigration experience in New England. A thesis by Julia Schulz of Rockland, ME supports this history. Augusta City Councilor Patrick Paradis grew up on Sand Hill, where he attended the St. Augustine parochial school, before he graduated from high school in Bucksport, ME.                   Paradis led me […]

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    Friday Jul 18, 2014 | 9:13 am

    Acadian Roots: Images of the St. John Valley ready for CMA 2014

    A literary immersion into French-Acadian culture, history, language, folk lore, legends and facts about the Upper St. John Valley, are showcased in ACADIAN ROOTS: Images of the St. John Valley, by Dottie Hutchins with color photography by Paul Cyr. In the bilingual color publication are information about the beauty and culture of this special region of northern Maine and surrounding area. Historical facts and regional information include a series of […]

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    Monday Jul 14, 2014 | 11:08 am

    Franco-American culture in a mural, folk art and quilt

    Three creative examples of Franco-American history, expressed through art demonstrate how local efforts are exhibiting pride in the culture. A panoramic colorful historic art mural is a focal point and backdrop of the main floor and banquet room’s stage, at the Franco-American Le Club Calumet on Old Belgrade Road, in Augusta. A series of four panels stretching 33 feet across the stage and 10.5 feet high, realistically portrays life in […]

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    Friday Jul 11, 2014 | 8:58 am

    Le Festival de la Bastille in Augusta Maine

    Le Festival de la Bastille’s schedule is packed with an impressive line up of French-Canadian, Acadian, Zydeco and Franco-American entertainment groups who are performing throughout the program and includes Friday night fireworks! It’s a great place to enjoy summer outdoor entertainment and appreciate Augusta’s Franco-American culture, sponsored by Le Club Calumet. Music, food (including meat – Tourtieres, and Salmon pies and Creton), a chicken barbecue, clogging, a talent show, bean […]

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    Monday Jul 07, 2014 | 9:46 am

    Mt. Ararat High student from Topsham experiencing international living in France

    “I am extremely interested in learning about other cultures and wish to improve my French, while meeting new people from different countries,” wrote Reyann Brooks, 16, in her essay to the Experiment in International Living Program.      Reyann Brooks, 16, is a Mt. Ararat junior, visiting France this summer. Her essay was accepted and on July 14, Reyann travels to Nancy (pronounced “na-ci”), in northeastern France, for an eleven […]

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    Friday Jul 04, 2014 | 9:55 am

    Franco-American patriotism: Washington’s French-Canadian Spy & Loyal but French

    American patriotic holiday celebrations like Independence Day bring to mind the important contributions of the French, and Franco-Americans in defending while building our nation. Franco-Americans continue this legacy. Among the many books and articles written on this subject include the historical novel, George Washington’s French-Canadian Spy, by the late Brunswick ME journalist Henri Gosselin, about his ancestor Major Clement Gosselin; and Loyal but French: Negotiation of Identity by French-Canadian Descendants […]

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    Monday Jun 30, 2014 | 9:52 am

    La Kermesse in Biddeford: Franco-American festival celebrates heritage and community

    “C’est le temps” was summertime’s brilliant event this year. La Kermesse festival in Biddeford, ME, opened its 32nd year on June 26-29th, gifted by sunny and warm summer weather. An optimistic organizing committee worked with community leaders and groups to support the Franco-American festival’s themes in celebration of family fun, combined with music, cultural history, heritage, genealogy, and religious traditions. Franco-Americans said “bienvenu” to attendees who entered the festival by […]

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    Wednesday Jun 25, 2014 | 8:48 am

    Franco-American history and culture at USM LAC in Lewiston

     Franco-Americans report being proud of their heritage. This data was provided in The Franco-American Task Force Report: http://www.maine.gov/legis/opla/francoamerican.htm Ethnic pride is evident whenever Franco-Americans gather to learn about the heritage, history and culture. It’s particularly evident in Lewiston and Auburn. Nevertheless, in spite of the strong connection between Maine’s Franco-Americans and the Lewiston-Auburn communities in Androscoggin County, the humanities program, where Franco-American studies are taught at the University of Southern Maine […]

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    Friday Jun 20, 2014 | 10:22 am

    A tour of Plant Home – Franco-American shoe magnate and tour of artifacts

    A tour of Plant Home in Bath includes viewing paintings left to the non-profit residential facility by its founder Tom Plant, as well as historic and antique artifacts collected by Victoria Bornheimer, a former member of the board of directors.   Victoria Bornheimer is a collector of Tom Plant artifacts and antiques on display the Plant Home in Bath. She is hoping to extend Plant’s legacy of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneur Tom Plant […]

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