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 […]

Racism and ethnic discrimination in two articles

Know Nothing campaign poster.

Franco-Americans have been the recipients of ethnic discrimination for decades. They were marginalized because they were immigrants, largely Roman Catholics and spoke the French language. Discrimination began in ernest during the middle 19th century, when the right wing Know Nothing Party was gaining political power, and rose again during the 1920’s, when Ku Klux Klan […]

Pandemic reports about friends and family in Canada

Quebec Premiere François Legault

Check out the analysis about Northern New England and our Canadian neighbors posted in a social media message by Dr. Dora Mills, who works at Maine Health, in Portland, ME, and who has given her permission to share this information titled “Not-So-Brief COVID-19 Update: Together, Stamping Out the Fires”. To view her entire document, visit the […]

Maine celebrates National Nurses Week May 6-12

Merci to nurses.

In Lewiston, the St. Mary’s Hospital was a primary source of health care for Androscoggin County, founded by the “Gray Nuns”, who came to the community from Monreal, Canada, for the purpose of providing social services and a hospital to support Franco-Canadian immigrants and Franco-Americans. Many Franco-American registered nurses were trained in the diploma program […]

Searching and finding access to Franco-American archived data

Franco-Americn information will be accessible and finding it will be substantially improved, with the support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to continue to build The Franco-American Portal, led by the University of Maine in Orono. The Franco American Portal Project is a five-university collaboration to build a primary source discovery tool for […]