Category Archives: Franco-American News and Culture

Franco-Americans through the eyes of “Beau frog”

Shenna Bellows at HHRC

AUGUSTA, Me-  I was pleased to recently see some of  the life’s work of the late Peter Archambault, of Madawaska, when I visited the Holocaust and Human Rights Center, on the Campus of the University of Maine Augusta (UMA) and the Michael Klahr Center Exhibit Space. It is the mission of the HHRC to “…promote […]

From Maine to France and Somehow Back Again – World War I biography

Mark D. LeBlanc and John M. LeBlanc

LEWISTON, Me – A special perspective about World War I, was presented in a biography, written by the grandson of the Maine veteran, John M. Longley, of Maine, who served in “The War to End All Wars“. When World War I (1914-1918) history is discussed, I immediately reflect on my husband’s family. In fact, my […]

Franco-American history in Augusta observed at Father Frank’s retirement

Father Frank Morin in Augusta at St. Augustine's Church on Sand Hill

Attending the retirement party in early July for our friend Father Frank Morin, in Augusta, gave me the opportunity to think about the history of the church and the clergy who created the foundation for the Franco-American community and the “St. Augustine Church on Sand Hill”. My husband and I were invited to attend the […]

Adieu Consul General of France in Boston Valéry Freland

Severin Beliveau Valery Freland and Doris Bonneau

AUGUSTA, Me- Franco-Americans have enjoyed the support and friendship of Valéry Freland, a diplomat who has served for three years as the Consul General of France in Boston.  At a July 17, reception, the representatives from Maine’s Franco-American communities and state leaders gathered at a reception hosted by Severin Beliveu, at the law offices of […]

Lewiston’s Basilica inspires ongoing historical research

Julie_Ann Baumer author of Basilica book

Even from a distance away, the twin spires of Lewiston’s Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul architecture captures attention on the city’s skyline. All eyes gaze upward when the image of the Basilica is observed while entering the City of Lewiston from any direction. Indeed, the Basilica is an architectural inspiration made possible by the […]

Snowshoes in Franco-American history and culture

Antique snowshoes

Even in the July heat, when Maine air temperatures hovered in the upper 90’s F, the thought of another winter is, always, only 6 months away.  Snow shoes (raquette à neige), relics of winters past, were a generous loan provided to me for the purpose of adding them to the archives and exhibits in the Franco-American […]

Classic French fairy tale is top notch entertainment now playing at Maine State Music Theater

Beauty and the Beast program

BRUNSWICK, Me – There’s a charmingly distinct French story line in the highly entertaining and excellent professional production of Beauty and the Beast, playing for three weeks at the Maine State Music Theater, in Brunswick, on the Bowdoin College campus. La Belle et la Bête ~ Beauty and the Beast, is French fairy tale written […]

Talented Les Troubadours “elles aiment de chanter”

Charm accessories add to the venues with Les Troubadours

LEWISTON, Me – They spread joi de vivre through their lovely music and voices! A chorus of beautiful harmony fills the venues with charm whenever Les Troubadours perform. They share their charming voices during ceremonial programs and at special community concerts, at various venues for Lewiston’s Franco-American celebrations. Typically, the choir performs during La Rencontre […]

Honored Franco-American musician couple perform during St. John Baptist program

Don and Cindy Roy of Gorham

LEWISTON, Me–   It was a special occasion to enjoy the performance of the talented Don and Cindy (Lebrecque) Roy, when the talented musical couple from Gorham performed on Friday, June 22,  at the Saint John Baptiste celebration held at the Franco-Gendron Center, on Cedar Street in Lewiston. In fact, the talented Maine musical duo will […]