Transformational women in history – Esther Wheelwright and gender

Excellent historic biography

A French proverb about women and success: “Qui sait ce que peuvent être les femmes lorsqu’elles sont enfin libres de devenir elles-mêmes? (“Who knows what women can be like when they are finally free to become themselves?) As America celebrates women in history, academics and politics, we can appreciate a revisit to the extraordinary life […]

Descendants of “Les Filles du Roi”: Hold your head up high

French-Canadian women

Les Filles du Roi (daughters of the king) and their histories continue to generate interest. This is because thousands of Franco-Americans can trace their first generation genealogy roots in Canada to one of the ladies who proudly carried this distinction from France to New France. In fact, I have enjoyed the privilege of interviewing a […]

Wells Maine Esther Wheelwright biography: French and Indian War History

Colleagues at the University of Southern Maine Franco-American Collection requested for me to make available some of the columns I wrote in the past, before the printed articles were digitized. As a result, I found a short report I wrote about the life of the French and Indian War captive and Wells Maine native, Esther […]

Franco-Americans and pride in “Frenchness”

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is a massive statue, designed by the sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. She is a gift from France to the United States; she was named Liberté éclairant le monde: Liberty Enlightening the World. This blog is a continuation to the previous post about how Franco-American history is more than a hyphenated ethnic label. New […]

Celebrating Franco-American and French American history

Normandy Beach France

Although the hyphenated label “Franco-American” identifies a special ethnic minority, the name is more than what’s applied to describe a group with French heritage.  Indeed, modern American history has experienced parallel events in symmetry with French history.  A Franco-American legacy of intersecting events has been reinforced during the past 400 years during astounding and monumental […]

Aroostook County’s Acadian news: restoration, museum and the Library of Congress

Musée culturel du Mont-Carmel

A cultural gem, “the crown of Maine”, in Aroostook County, received recognition from the Library of Congress, in Washington D.C., with the announcement about a release of virtual links to the Maine Acadian archives. This release raised awareness about the special features available in “the County”, where the Acadian culture is preserved. One special gem […]

An entertaining novel about the first Acadians: “The Acadian: Olivier”

Phil Daigle's historic novel The Acadian: Olivier

Acadian history is not typically taught in many curricula. Their special history is a parallel immigration experience that coincides with 17th century French-Canadian settlements in North America. In fact, the Acadians are typically misidentified as being tied to those who took part in the 18th century settlement of colonial Louisiana. But, the actual southern migration […]

Entertaining fiction for Franco-Americans and anyone who enjoys mysteries

Louise Penny mysteries

Reading is a terrific way to escape the risk of experiencing self sheltering claustrophobia. Obviously, the opportunity to engage in more reading has been one of the rare benefits we are given during self sheltering, to help prevent the spread of the highly contagious Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Nearly all our summer 2020, activities we are accustomed […]