Manufacturing in Augusta Maine informational forum at UMA

Professor Chelsea Ray and Executive Director Jan Michaud

An informational forum with lunch to hear about Augusta’s manufacturing history featured oral histories from the workers who were employed in the capital city’s once bustling mills. In fact, the program was a Franco-American learning opportunity, hosted by the French Club, held on February 11, at the University of Maine Augusta (UMA), at the Holocaust […]

Franco-American connection to a historic icon needs restoration

Restoration sought for Lincoln Mill Clock and Tower

BIDDEFORD, Maine – A community effort to save, and preserve the stately Lincoln Mill Clock Tower in Biddeford is under way. This ambitious effort is possible thanks to the leadership of civic groups and Louise Merriman, a local historian who has served on many of the city’s municipal committees. Merriman is a Biddeford resident. She has […]

Diversity is evident in Franco-American ancestry

French Canadian immigrants

In response to the blog “What to call ourselves“, based on an essay by Denise Larson, I received several “shared ethnic heritage” messages, from those who proudly claim Franco-American or French-Canadian ancestry. Readers who responded described, what I’ve always found to be, the diversity among those who are Franco-American and/or French-Canadian. Obviously, French-Canadians have French […]

“What to Call Ourselves”: An opinion

Samuel de Champlain

Believe it or not, I’m asked, “Who is a Franco-American?”, more than any other question, when I’m either speaking, writing or discussing with others about the culture. Honestly, there are multiple ways to answer this question. By statistics, based on the 2011 US Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS), the self-identified Franco-Americans make up 23.9 […]

Most Modern Critics – A tribute to Longfellow

Evangeline with Dolores Del Rio

Information about the original silent film production of Evangeline is available at Northeast Historic Film at this site. Portland’s Longfellow Square prominent statue of our nation’s beloved poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was adorned in his annual Christmas gift attire, tied with ribbon and holding a gift. The image reminded me about the important contribution made […]

Noel – a four letter word with a universal translation

Noel decorations

When it comes to language translations for the celebration of “Christmas”, we don’t have to think about the meaning of the word Noel.  It’s a beautiful word with only one translation.  Many other languages use hyphenated words to describe Christmas.  Among the Romance languages, the words “Merry Christmas” includes the use of “birth”, like Feliz […]