Category Archives: Franco-American News and Culture

Franco-American heroine and nursing colleague – Muriel Poulin

Franco-American Hall of Fame March 2017

SPRINGVALE, Me– A terrific friend to all, and an expert nurse, Dr. Muriel Poulin was a great lady who proudly represented her family’s Franco-American heritage. She died on September 6, 2019, at 94 years old.  Her obituary describes a wonderful nursing leadership career. As a nurse, she was a giant in the profession. Thankfully, with […]

Bringing French into Portland’s Customs House

Governor Mills and Maine legislators at the Portland US Customs House on August 29 with Consul General Arnaud Mentre

PORTLAND, Me–   Félicitations l’Alliance Francaise du Maine! “It is a bond that lies at the heart of Maine,” said Governor Janet Mills during her speech. Although I’ve passed the US Customs House located on Portland’s Fore Street hundreds of times, I had never been inside the historic building.  It’s beautiful! On Friday,August 29, the Customs […]

Meet the Franco-American authors program series at USM LAC

Franco-American Collection board and program chair Denis Ledoux

LEWISTON, Me-  Franco-American authors are coming to the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College, scheduled in a series of programs beginning on Monday, September 23, 2019, and four additional dates, on November 25, 2019, February 24, March 23 and April 27, 2020. “Meet A Franco-American Author“, was organized by Denis Ledoux, a writer who […]

Cathie Pelletier – “Ragin’ Cajun” memoir about Doug Kershaw

ALLAGASH, ME–  In fact, beautiful Allagash Maine reports a town population of about 239 people. One of those who are fortunate enough to call Allagash her home is writer Cathie Pelletier.  It’s always nice to hear from her and to learn about her prolific and successful writing career. She recently contacted me with news about […]

Items in the Franco-American Collection – Who received the Bronze Star?

Bronze Star and Military Chaplain medal at the USM LAC FAC in Lewiston.

Tours of the Franco-American Collection are encouraged!  Please call the phone number at the end of this blog for appointments. LEWISTON, Maine  – As a Board member of the Franco-American Collection, located at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College, one of the special moments I enjoy are when people request to tour of […]

Androscoggin Swinging Bridge – Franco-American mill workers history

Gusts visiting the Androscoggin River Swinging Bridge

BRUNSWICK, Maine –  A lovely pedestrian bridge spanning the Androscoggin River between Brunswick and Topsham is a place to visit at almost any time of year, but especially with Maine’s summer guests. It provides visitors with a scenic view of the river and the location is easy to find along Route 1, thru Brunswick. My […]

French-American query about the Huguenots

Huguenot massacre

A nice email letter came from a reader asking about the Huguenots. Her query gave me the opportunity to provide some context around the subject of “who is a Franco-American”?  Typically, Franco-Americans are often identified as only the ancestors of the people who settled in New France, during the 17th and 18th centuries. I’ve discussed […]

Bienvenue! Haitian students learn about Franco-Americans

Haitian students sponsored by CIEE

LEWISTON, Me– Maine’s French heritage, language and immigrant history was showcased on Thursday, July 18, when high school students from Haiti visited Lewiston, to learn about the city’s Franco-Americans. Sixteen high school students from Haiti and two advisers were guests at the Franco-American Collection (The Collection), located in the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn […]

Bringing Lourdes Home- a pilgrim’s story

The Basilica of the Rosary in Lourdes France

Goose River Press Anthology 2018, edited by Deb Benner, published my pilgrim’s essay. It’s an honor to have an essay included with the many talented writers and poets who contributed to the anthology. “Bringing Lourdes Home” describes events that happened during a 2001, journey my husband and I made, when we visited the beautiful Lourdes […]