Soldiers and sailors coming home – Franco-American Veterans

Franco-American veterans

Veterans stories are fascinating because of the histories they teach us about the unusual times when each person served in the military. On May 23, 2017, the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College (USM LAC FAC) will host a program to honor these important histories, including exhibits and presentations from distinguished veterans. I am […]

A la mémoire de nos ancêtres- Mercedes Gastonguay

Consulate General and Doris Bonneau

Consul General of France in Boston Valéry Freland was in Lewiston ME on Thursday March 16, to celebrate La Semaine de la Francophonie (Week in Celebration of the Francos).  During a meeting with board members of the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College-Franco-American Collection (USM LAC FAC), the President Doris Bonneau presented the Consulate […]

Franco-Americans: point of view supporting new immigrants

My letter in support of the University of Southern Maine forum on free speech and immigration, from a Franco-American point of view. On February 16th, the University of Southern Maine hosted a free speech forum titled “Alien Invasion: Fixing the Immigrant Crises“, with a presentation by Representative Lawrence Lockman, of Amherst, ME. Obviously, Representative Lockman presented […]

Semaine de la Francophonie – Maine celebrates heritage

International Francophonie Day (French: Journée internationale de la Francophonie) is observed within the International Organization of La Francophonie‘s 77 member states to celebrate the French language and Francophone culture. There are over 274 million French speakers on Earth.  In Maine, the Franco-Americans are 25 percent of the state’s population with tens of thousands sharing the heritage through their […]

Franco-American veterans community program

Major Adam Cote

LEWISTON, Me- Franco-American veterans are the focus of a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant with the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College (USM LAC) in Lewiston, at the Franco-American Collection (FAC).  In fact, the project is collecting and archiving the digitization of Franco-American veterans memorabilia, histories (including oral histories) and records.  Originals of […]

A folk story in Acadian Roots by Dottie Hutchins and Paul Cyr

Among the activities at the World Acadian Congress (Le Congrès mondial acadien 2014), in Madawaska and the St. John Valley, this August, is the opportunity to seek out Dottie Hutchins, so she’ll sign a copy of her book Acadian Roots: Images of the St. John Valley, with photographs by Paul Cyr. Among the interesting and entertaining […]