Category Archives: Franco-American News and Culture

Pandemic reports about friends and family in Canada

Quebec Premiere François Legault

Check out the analysis about Northern New England and our Canadian neighbors posted in a social media message by Dr. Dora Mills, who works at Maine Health, in Portland, ME, and who has given her permission to share this information titled “Not-So-Brief COVID-19 Update: Together, Stamping Out the Fires”. To view her entire document, visit the […]

Maine celebrates National Nurses Week May 6-12

Merci to nurses.

In Lewiston, the St. Mary’s Hospital was a primary source of health care for Androscoggin County, founded by the “Gray Nuns”, who came to the community from Monreal, Canada, for the purpose of providing social services and a hospital to support Franco-Canadian immigrants and Franco-Americans. Many Franco-American registered nurses were trained in the diploma program […]

Searching and finding access to Franco-American archived data

Franco-Americn information will be accessible and finding it will be substantially improved, with the support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to continue to build The Franco-American Portal, led by the University of Maine in Orono. The Franco American Portal Project is a five-university collaboration to build a primary source discovery tool for […]

A Franco-American and French Canadian history documentary

documentary by Ben Levine

While sheltering in place The Franco-American Collection at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College is offering free streaming access for 30 days only to Réveíl: Waking Up French. This film explores the struggle for cultural survival among the French-Canadian, Franco-American communities of New England. It reveals the importance of history and heritage and […]

French nuns release 7,000 hours of Gregorian chants

Nuns in Provence record Gregorian chants

A news summary published in The Tablet by Madoc Cairns Nuns at the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Fidélité de Jouques are recording 7,000 hours of Gregorian chants in what is believed to be one of the largest projects ever conducted, if not the largest.  This is an important contribution to religious and music history! Fourty-five […]

Franco-Americans living at home with kindness

Franco-American Collection University of Southern Maine

“Something good will come of all things yet.“- Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) We can share kindness by keeping each other safe, and participating in many free and enriching at home programs. Although the coronavirus pandemic has impacted all of us, the quote by Kerouac is evident in all those who are dedicated to caring for our […]