History questions about les habitants during the American Revolution


Research by Paul Lessard, in Belgrade, Maine, about one of his colonial Revolutionary War ancestors, raised two history question. Check the video link in this blog. During the Revolution, why did the Continental Army’s attack on Quebec fail when “les habitants”, or the French farmers in Canada (Quebec), could have provided reinforcements to the army […]

Franco-American history about business entrepreneurs

City of Lewiston 1892

LEWISTON, Me – “Celebrate Maine 2020”,  bicentennial will include an exhibit about Franco-Americans who participated in building the state’s economy. In fact, the Board of Directors, with the Franco-American Collection at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College (USM LAC FAC), are preparing to participate in the state’s bicentennial history by organizing an exhibit […]

Franco-American information now on the Salem State University digital commons

L'Histoire Quebec Canada

Thank you (merci!) to Salem State University in Massachusetts and Dr. Elizabeth Blood, for providing free access about French Canada and the history of l’Ile d’Orleans, now available on the digital commons! Readers will enjoy visiting this site. L.P. Turcotte’s Histoire de l’Ile d’Orleans, originally published in French in 1867, has been translated into English, by […]

How the Salem Witch Trials ended – an unlikely French connection

ir William Phips

A Halloween history blog. French colonial history in New England may have played a small part in the decision by Governor Sir William Phips to find himself in a political position whereby he had the authority to end the Salem Witch Trials (1692-1693). Sir William Phips was the Governor of Maine between 1692-1694, when the […]

Franco-Americans in Maine’s political history

Franco-Americans of Maine

Then and Now– A French sub-title for this blog might be, “Plus les choses changent, plus elles restent les mêmes”. (The more things change, the more they stay the same.) Maine’s political analyst and author Professor Christian Potholm, has often recognized the importance of the Franco-Americans voters.  Writing in one of his many books about […]

Franco-American genealogy super ancestors

genealogy marriage certificate

Franco-Americans are generally familiar with their genealogy because family reunions are celebrated during multiple generations, so it’s fairly easy to keep track of the current data.  For example, our L’Heureux family genealogy is well known going back four generations. Moreover, many of the ancestors’ names have been hand written on small pieces of paper or […]

Franco-American Revolutionary War soldier Private Charles Bourget

Franco-American history in Maine

Many thanks to Mr. Paul Lessard for the permission to report about his research. BELGRADE and AUGUSTA, Maine – Franco-Americans can prepare for the Maine Bicentennial celebrations 2020, by creating and planning events to highlight historic, and cultural contributions and to showcase the state’s 400 years of French history. As a matter of fact, a […]

Franco-America at the Interstice of Identities – Author reading by Ernest Hebert

September 23 at the Franco-American Collection at USM LAC in Lewiston

LEWISTON, Me- An oral history in creative writing: One Franco-American’s life transcended into an entertaining cultural essay, by author and Professor Ernest Hebert! Growing up Franco-American is sometimes referred to as being a “Quiet Presence”. This concept was articulated by writer Dyke Henderson in his books about Franco-Americans. But, not all Franco-Americans are quiet. Ernest […]

A Franco-American tribute to Marquis de Lafayette

James R. Gaines, First Edition For Liberty and Glory

Lafayette Trail in Maine – Julien Icher is a French scholar who is leading the process of documenting the footsteps of General Lafayette, at the time he visited the United States, after the Revolutionary War (1775-1783). This historic visit by Lafayette was significant because the French General had been a close ally to General George […]