Lewiston’s Basilica inspires ongoing historical research

Julie_Ann Baumer author of Basilica book

Even from a distance away, the twin spires of Lewiston’s Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul architecture captures attention on the city’s skyline. All eyes gaze upward when the image of the Basilica is observed while entering the City of Lewiston from any direction. Indeed, the Basilica is an architectural inspiration made possible by the […]

Snowshoes in Franco-American history and culture

Antique snowshoes

Even in the July heat, when Maine air temperatures hovered in the upper 90’s F, the thought of another winter is, always, only 6 months away.  Snow shoes (raquette à neige), relics of winters past, were a generous loan provided to me for the purpose of adding them to the archives and exhibits in the Franco-American […]

Classic French fairy tale is top notch entertainment now playing at Maine State Music Theater

Beauty and the Beast program

BRUNSWICK, Me – There’s a charmingly distinct French story line in the highly entertaining and excellent professional production of Beauty and the Beast, playing for three weeks at the Maine State Music Theater, in Brunswick, on the Bowdoin College campus. La Belle et la Bête ~ Beauty and the Beast, is French fairy tale written […]

Talented Les Troubadours “elles aiment de chanter”

Charm accessories add to the venues with Les Troubadours

LEWISTON, Me – They spread joi de vivre through their lovely music and voices! A chorus of beautiful harmony fills the venues with charm whenever Les Troubadours perform. They share their charming voices during ceremonial programs and at special community concerts, at various venues for Lewiston’s Franco-American celebrations. Typically, the choir performs during La Rencontre […]

Honored Franco-American musician couple perform during St. John Baptist program

Don and Cindy Roy of Gorham

LEWISTON, Me–   It was a special occasion to enjoy the performance of the talented Don and Cindy (Lebrecque) Roy, when the talented musical couple from Gorham performed on Friday, June 22,  at the Saint John Baptiste celebration held at the Franco-Gendron Center, on Cedar Street in Lewiston. In fact, the talented Maine musical duo will […]

Biddeford and Franco-American history

Founders monument at UNE in Biddeford

Recently, Jeff Cabral, the director of the McArthur Library in Biddeford, shared information with me about how a Quebec history researcher was interviewing the city’s Franco-Americans.  Katerie Gaudet-Chamberland, is a researcher from Quebec City. She worked for 12 weeks as an intern, in the library on Main Street, to document the connections between Biddeford and […]

Franco-Route of New England – building cultural travel

In Manchester NH attending the Franco-Route of New England meeting on May 31, 2018

MANCHESTER, NH – A friendly group of Franco-American leaders joined with like minded colleagues, academics and genealogists to plan a potential itinerary for a Franco-Route of New England.  This project is a voluntary collaborative led by the Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Its purpose is to open access to cultural tourism […]

Memorial Day Franco-American Veterans tributes

Sanford Saint Ignatius Cemetery

Recently, it was with gratitude that I saw a thoughtful exhibition in the lobby of Portland’s Clarion Hotel, where free note cards were offered to those guests who wanted to send a thank you to a Veteran. Of course, I picked up a note to send to my husband, Richard L’Heureux, USN-Retired. America pays tribute […]

Father Clement Thibodeau: Remembered for his cultural contributions

Father Clement Thibodeau

A well spoken advocate for Maine’s Franco-American and the Acadian cultures, Father Clement Thibodeau, was 85 at the time of his death. Unfortunately, the circumstances that caused Father Thibodeau’s death remains unknown. His disappearance July 15, 2017, called for Diocesan prayers and formal searches, until the September 30, discovery of his death was reported in […]