History of Lewiston’s Bonneau Markets on display

Doris Bonneau

French-Canadian immigrants arrived in Lewiston and Androscoggin County communities during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, to provide labor for the growing industrial mills in the area. Along with their excellent work ethic and often tireless mill labor, they also brought entrepreneurs like Victor and Lucien Bonneau.  When the brothers came to Lewiston as […]

Le Grand Derangement described in Madawaska Centennial Journal

Acadian Cross at Grand Pre Nova Scotia

Separation of families was the cruel strategy enforced during “Le Grand Derangement”.  It was the terrible period in 1755, in Nova Scotia, when the cruel British upheaval separated families and dispersed them in ships to many foreign ports. Some refugees were able to reassemble or escape the deportation.  A group of the refugees found their […]

Gold Star Mother Emma Martin Morin of Biddeford

Gold Star Memorial in Lewiston

American Gold Star families are immediate relatives of members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have been killed in combat or in support of certain military activities. Emma Martin Morin was a Gold Star mother as the result of her son Napoleon’s death at the 1918, Battle of Chateau Thierry, during World War I, in France.  […]

Michael Klahr – French Holocaust history in Maine

Holocaust children's plaque in Paris

I learned about Maine’s historical connection to the tragedy of the Holocaust while visiting the Holocaust and Human Rights Center in Augusta and speaking with the Executive Director Shenna Bellows. Between 1941 and 1945, around two-thirds of the Jewish population of Europe, or about 6 million people, were systemically murdered during the Holocaust. During the […]

Franco-Americans and baseball

President George Bush played baseball for Yale University

This article written by me and published in the Goose River Press anthology, 2005 edition. Subsequently, the George Bush library in Texas accepted the report, in their presidential trivia archives, because the source documentation was available and published in York County newspapers. I’ve shortened the original version for this blog. As baseball season is entering the […]

Franco-American labor history in Old Town Maine

Published in 1985 from interviews conducted during The Federal Writers' Project

French-Canadian immigration into New England was driven by the opportunities for finding employment in the logging and various textile manufacturing industries.  “The First Franco-Americans: New England Life Histories From the Federal Writers’ Project 1938-1939” was published in 1985, by C. Steward Doty, at the University of Maine. This anthology described the motivation to find work, […]

Feast-ivals! Poutine and more

Poutine

On Saturday, September 8 , the Gendron Franco Center on Cedar Street in Lewiston will host the first Lewiston-Auburn Poutine Feast-ival from 4 to 8 PM., in the street and inside the Franco Center. Food trucks will encourage participants to “graze” through the many flavors of  French-Canadian favorite poutine recipes. A history of this potato based recipe attributes its origins […]

Franco-Americans through the eyes of “Beau frog”

Shenna Bellows at HHRC

AUGUSTA, Me-  I was pleased to recently see some of  the life’s work of the late Peter Archambault, of Madawaska, when I visited the Holocaust and Human Rights Center, on the Campus of the University of Maine Augusta (UMA) and the Michael Klahr Center Exhibit Space. It is the mission of the HHRC to “…promote […]

From Maine to France and Somehow Back Again – World War I biography

Mark D. LeBlanc and John M. LeBlanc

LEWISTON, Me – A special perspective about World War I, was presented in a biography, written by the grandson of the Maine veteran, John M. Longley, of Maine, who served in “The War to End All Wars“. When World War I (1914-1918) history is discussed, I immediately reflect on my husband’s family. In fact, my […]