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Juliana L'Heureux

About Juliana L'Heureux

Juliana L’Heureux is a free lance writer who publishes news, blogs and articles about Franco-Americans and the French culture. She has written about the culture in weekly and bi-weekly articles, for the past 27 years.

During “2020 Year of the Nurse” we remember the life of Blanche Thibodeau Cyr “Tante Blanche”

Tante Blanche

“Always look for the helpers,” his mother told him.“There’s always someone who is trying to help.”- Quote from Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers 1928-2003). MADAWASKA, Maine-  Nurses are historically among the helpers. This blog is a thank you to all health care workers who are serving and caring for our communities during the rapid spread of […]

“And Then Came Devens”….. la grande guerre et la grande grippe: War and Influenza

Camp Devens Massachusetts

Camp Devens Massachusetts:  The Great War and The Great Influenza A blog about the Great Influenza pandemic came to mind while I was participating in planning about how to respond to a scheduled exhibit in Lewiston, ME, about Franco-American entrepreneurs, that was unexpectedly caught up in the coronavirus epidemic. Unfortunately, the wonderful exhibit opening, planned […]

One Franco-American Vietnam War veteran’s military history

Seabees in Chu Lai

BREWER, Maine– My husband experienced a walk back in time during a memorable visit with author and photojournalist David Lyman! We were grateful for this encounter, where we met with Lyman, in Brewer, Maine! In the world of Mobile Construction Battalions, better known as the “Seabees”, the numbers included in this highly trained engineering and […]

Mercredi des Cendres — Franco-Americans and Lent

Ash Wednesday at St. Charles in Brunswick Maine

Lent is the liturgical season that marks 40 days of prayer and repentance practiced by the faithful in preparation for celebrating the Easter Season.  Franco-Americans are traditionally very observant about Lenten religious practices that have been defined by the Catholic Church.  Officially, Lent lasts for 40 weekdays, beginning with Ash Wednesday and ending on Holy […]

Join the many programs and celebrations!

Congressman Mike Michaud

Répondez, s’il vous plaît:  An exhibit reception opening for the “Notre Pain Quotidien: Franco-American Entrepreneurs Sustaining Community”, is scheduled at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College hosted by the Franco-American Collection, on March 19, from 5-7 PM. Franco-American entrepreneur families will be recognized. This exhibit will contribute to the Maine 2020 Bicentennial History seminars, […]

“Beaucoup!” Franco-American programs and seminars

The public is welcome to attend these programs.

LEWISTON, Maine –  Update your calendars!  A “beaucoup” amazing selection of interesting and many free programs are scheduled in Lewiston, at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College (USM LAC), the Gendron Franco Center and the Lewiston Public Library. This series of interesting programs, seminars and a March 19th exhibit at USM LAC, will provide […]

“All Work and No Play” child labor exhibit at Museum L-A

All Work and No Play with Audrey Thomson

LEWISTON, Me-  Child labor is a consistent topic of conversation when educational tours visit the Museum L-A, in Lewiston.  A new museum exhibit looks at the hard truth about child labor, including excellent visuals and photographs. I enjoyed my visit to view this exhibit, and will soon be returning with my husband and friends!             […]

Photograph in an exhibition with a dark history lesson

Kennebunkport Beach 1913

AUGUSTA- A historic photographic exhibit on display on the first floor of the Maine Capitol in Augusta, includes one black and white image with a somber history lesson. I was unprepared for the information attached to the very serene picture taken in 1913, Kennebunkport, donated to the exhibit by the Penobscot Marine Museum. In the […]

Franco-American artist Mercedes Gastonguay

TOPSHAM and LEWISTON– A pleasant and surprise encounter with Franco-American artist Mercedes Gastonguay occurred when I happened to attend the Topsham Public Library’s “Joy of Art 2020”, exhibit on January 18, at the opening reception. She submitted two scenic entries to the art exhibit: “High Tide at Monhegan Island, ME”, is a pastel and “Driftwood […]

Learning to conduct Oral History interviews

Sponsored by the Franco-American Collection.

LEWISTON- “Oral histories are like human sponges,” said Molly Graham when she expertly led a workshop on Saturday, January 11, at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College, sponsored by the Franco-American Collection. “Oral histories collect the sensory experiences about events that we cannot absorb in data alone.”  Therefore, it is urgent to collect […]