Category Archives: Franco-American News and Culture

Biddeford and Franco-American history

Founders monument at UNE in Biddeford

Recently, Jeff Cabral, the director of the McArthur Library in Biddeford, shared information with me about how a Quebec history researcher was interviewing the city’s Franco-Americans.  Katerie Gaudet-Chamberland, is a researcher from Quebec City. She worked for 12 weeks as an intern, in the library on Main Street, to document the connections between Biddeford and […]

Franco-Route of New England – building cultural travel

In Manchester NH attending the Franco-Route of New England meeting on May 31, 2018

MANCHESTER, NH – A friendly group of Franco-American leaders joined with like minded colleagues, academics and genealogists to plan a potential itinerary for a Franco-Route of New England.  This project is a voluntary collaborative led by the Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Its purpose is to open access to cultural tourism […]

Memorial Day Franco-American Veterans tributes

Sanford Saint Ignatius Cemetery

Recently, it was with gratitude that I saw a thoughtful exhibition in the lobby of Portland’s Clarion Hotel, where free note cards were offered to those guests who wanted to send a thank you to a Veteran. Of course, I picked up a note to send to my husband, Richard L’Heureux, USN-Retired. America pays tribute […]

Father Clement Thibodeau: Remembered for his cultural contributions

Father Clement Thibodeau

A well spoken advocate for Maine’s Franco-American and the Acadian cultures, Father Clement Thibodeau, was 85 at the time of his death. Unfortunately, the circumstances that caused Father Thibodeau’s death remains unknown. His disappearance July 15, 2017, called for Diocesan prayers and formal searches, until the September 30, discovery of his death was reported in […]

Franco-American nursing history

History of St. Mary's Health System

Two important Franco-American contributions to Maine’s nursing history are documented, during National Nurses Week. The national and annual recognition of nurses coincides with Mother’s Day, and also with the birthday of Florence Nightingale (May 12, 1820 – August 13, 1910). In fact, Nightingale raised the Victorian era’s public awareness about the importance of nursing education, […]

World Acadian Congress 2019

Acadian wreath

Que les célébrations commencent! Thanks to the outreach of social networking, I was able to catch up with what’s happening for the 2019 celebrations. Congrès mondial acadien 2019 Promotional Tour in Louisiana and New England! As a matter of fact, I’ve followed the growth of the Acadien Congresses since the late 1990’s, during the beginning […]

My travel hobby – Discovering French culture

The Cathedral

A visit to North Carolina to stay with friends for a few days confirmed, once again, how French culture is often surprisingly evident, wherever we happen to travel. Recently, we were hosted by our friends the Dubays at their lovely North Carolina home. Don Dubay is a Lewiston, Maine native and his wife Gail is […]

An artistic and religious history of the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

The Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Lewiston Maine

Its spires are a majestic Lewiston focal point that are visible from miles away. Undeniably, the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul is a magnificent architectural achievement, both inside and out. Moreover, the Basilica’s impressive structure is a tribute to the people who built and have supported it in the Androscoggin County communities where the […]

Maine Music Society ~ Mozart live concert at the Gendron Franco Center

The Maine Music Society Mozart March 25 2018

LEWISTON, Maine – A perfect classical and spiritually appropriate Holy Week experience at the Gendron Franco Center, on Cedar Street in Lewiston, on March 25, was an experience to remember, with the Maine Music Society. Attending a Mozart concert is always a wonderful experience; but to experience The Vespers (Vesperae Solennes de Dominica) and Requiem, […]