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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.

Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in history, poetry and cultural tourism

Le Messager donated by Lewiston native Donat Veilleux

LEWISTON, Me-  It’s typical for coincidences to occur in triplicate. This memorable trifecta cliché came to mind, when a cluster of serendipitous occurrences raised my awareness about how Lewiston’s beautiful Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul has contributed to Franco-American heritage. As a matter of fact, the Basilica’s history has hosted thousands of generational transitions […]

D-Day remembered – Franco-Americans among the greatest generation

Henry L'Heureux with his Purple Heart.

This is what General Dwight D. Eisenhower said to his troops before the June 6, 1944, invasion of Normandy, France: “Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely…..I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We […]

Franco Trail map and cultural tourism

program launced at the Gendron Franco Center in Lewiston

“…we say it is time to shout out our pride to all who are here to listen and learn about our history…,”  Rachel Desgrosseilliers. LEWISTON, ME– One of the challenges I’ve encountered about Franco-Americans has been about how to build awareness for the 400 years of history, and culture shared by 25 percent (or more) […]

World War II Franco-American veteran interview

Lamontagne World War II

On Memorial Day 2019, it is appropriate to publish some of the transcribed oral history I was fortunate to recently record on audio, when my husband and I visited Franco-American World War II veteran Gerard Lamontagne with his wife Solange (Thibodeau), at their residence in Scarborough.  Mr. and Mrs. Lamontagne were lifelong residents of Sanford. […]

Pictures of the Franco-American Day in the Maine State Capitol

Le grand derangement plaque and Le Club Calumet

AUGUSTA, ME-  Franco-American Day at the State Capitol was a cultural success. On Thursday, May 16, 2019, the Maine Legislature held a joint session in the House of Representatives to recognize the Franco-American heritage evident throughout the state.  Eleven citizens were inducted into the Franco-American Hall of Fame during formal legislative ceremonies.  This special recognition […]

Franco-American Collections in the Digital Commons

Lewiston City Planner Doug Greene

LEWISTON, ME– As a member of the Board of Directors with the Franco-American Collection, at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston-Auburn College (USM LAC), I am learning about the timely importance of the “Digital Commons”. This resource for research and scholarship is open to the on-line universe, for the purpose of retrieving valuable data about […]

Maine Gold Star Family Memorial planned for Augusta Maine

World War I interview conducted in Bangor's Tarratine.

Mrs. Emma Martin Morin of Biddeford, Maine was 95 years old when she died at home. She was the oldest Gold Star Mother of World War I, among those who were honored by the Tighe-Beaudoin-Farley unit of the American Legion auxiliary, in York County Maine. Her son Napoleon Morin was killed on August 8, 1918, […]

Biddeford update about the Lincoln Mill Tower Clock and bell restoration

Lincoln Mill Clock Tower

BIDDEFORD, ME – Historic clocks are often interesting destination locations for tourists. In Biddeford, the Lincoln Mill Clock Tower and bell could be one of those destinations, if restoration efforts continue to progress. For example, my husband and I joined with the crowds in Prague, in the Czech Republic, during our visit there, to wait […]

Nous sommes tristes- Notre-Dame Cathedral

Cathedral of Note Dame distance view April 1998

PARIS – We join the world in shared sadness! Yet, we are grateful for the times when we visited the Cathedral, during our visits to Paris. On April 15, the horrified people of the world watched on television, while heroic Parisian firefighters worked to save the magnificent Cathedral of Notre-Dame,, because the fire inside was quickly […]

Acadian celebrations & family reunions planned in August at CMA 2019

Grand Pre Acadian Cross

This popular party is held once every five years during the month of August. My photographs were taken when the events were held in Madawaska, Maine and when we visited Grand Pre, Nova Scotia. Congrès mondial acadien (CMA) is a perfect opportunity to immerse in the Acadian history and culture, while enjoying a visit to […]