Category Archives: Franco-American News and Culture

Michael Klahr – French Holocaust history in Maine

Holocaust children's plaque in Paris

I learned about Maine’s historical connection to the tragedy of the Holocaust while visiting the Holocaust and Human Rights Center in Augusta and speaking with the Executive Director Shenna Bellows. Between 1941 and 1945, around two-thirds of the Jewish population of Europe, or about 6 million people, were systemically murdered during the Holocaust. During the […]

Franco-Americans and baseball

President George Bush played baseball for Yale University

This article written by me and published in the Goose River Press anthology, 2005 edition. Subsequently, the George Bush library in Texas accepted the report, in their presidential trivia archives, because the source documentation was available and published in York County newspapers. I’ve shortened the original version for this blog. As baseball season is entering the […]

Franco-American labor history in Old Town Maine

Published in 1985 from interviews conducted during The Federal Writers' Project

French-Canadian immigration into New England was driven by the opportunities for finding employment in the logging and various textile manufacturing industries.  “The First Franco-Americans: New England Life Histories From the Federal Writers’ Project 1938-1939” was published in 1985, by C. Steward Doty, at the University of Maine. This anthology described the motivation to find work, […]

Feast-ivals! Poutine and more


On Saturday, September 8 , the Gendron Franco Center on Cedar Street in Lewiston will host the first Lewiston-Auburn Poutine Feast-ival from 4 to 8 PM., in the street and inside the Franco Center. Food trucks will encourage participants to “graze” through the many flavors of  French-Canadian favorite poutine recipes. A history of this potato based recipe attributes its origins […]

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 […]