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 […]

Memories of President George H.W. Bush

George Bush Library

My husband’s family joins the nation in mourning the death of President George Herbert Walker Bush. We also grieved with the family when Barbara, his wife of 73 years, died in June of this year. York County residents have had a neighborly friendship with the family of deceased President George H.W. Bush and his late […]

Archiving the Franco-American biography of Albert Beliveau

Severin Beliveau and Douglas Rooks

Every biography is interesting. In my opinion, a biography is as unique as fingerprints. Archiving Franco-Americans’ biographies are among the important objectives of the Franco-American Collection, a special archives located at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College, in Lewiston (USM LAC).  Among the biographical data available at the FAC are the papers on […]

Somewhere in France – Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial

Napoleon Morin name in Oise Aisne chapel

At the Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial in France, the first thing my husband and I noticed were the perfectly aligned rose bushes lining the paths to the rose granite colonnade. Our visit was particularly poignant because, among my husband’s family, we were the only relatives of Napoleon Morin to have visited his grave in […]