Category Archives: Franco-American News and Culture

Franco-American veterans honored in Lewiston

Major Adam Cote and Juliana L'Heureux

LEWISTON, Me-  Multiple exhibits and a program honoring veterans representing each generation, from World War I, World War II, Vietnam, the Cold War and including the recent conflicts in the Middle East, were present and accounted for at the May 23,  “Franco-Americans in International Service”, at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College (USM […]

Bateyes are where Haitian sugar cane workers live

William Blount of Portland Maine Rotary

PORTLAND, Me- A Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Portland, reported about the bateyes, near La Romana, in the Dominican Republic. Rotarian David Small reported that 140 new, lighter and easier to install water filters were provided to Haitian residents living in the bateyes. Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Portland have traveled to the […]

Franco-American distinguished speakers at May 23 Veterans Program

LEWISTON, ME-  Distinguished Franco-American Veterans and diplomats to speak at May 23, 2017 program at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College. It was an honor to present the May 23, 2017 Franco-Americans in International Service program speakers and public exhibits project at the Rotary Club of Lewiston Auburn Maine, with President Monique Roy. Highlights of […]

Franco-American Veterans oral histories DVD

Kathryn Vanaria

Merci beaucoup Kathryn Vanaria! BANGOR, Me- In a 13 minute video, the highlights of three Franco-American veterans oral histories were creatively produced by the talented Katheryn Vanaria, who is the video creator for The Legacy Project, in Bangor. Vanaria created a composite version of oral histories given by three veterans for the Franco-American Collection (FAC), […]

Franco-American Hall of Fame inductees 2017

Franco-American Hall of Fame in Maine Legislature with guests Lisa and Ricahrd

Oui, c’était un honneur! (By the way- my brilliant fleur pendant was a gift from high school friend Roxann Potrzuski Angil, from Baltimore, MD.) AGUUSTA, Me- It was indeed an esteemed honor to be recognized by leaders of the Maine Legislature and to meet Maine’s Franco-American Governor Paul LePage, at ceremonies held on April 19th, […]

Fighting discrimination – Franco-Americans and the Ku Klux Klan

Spring House Bailey Island

Often, people are surprised, including many in Maine, to learn just how active the Ku Klux Klan was during the 1920’s in New England, a history documented by Mark Richard in :  “Not a Catholic Nation: The Ku Klux Klan Confronts New England in the 1920s- The forgotten story of Catholic resistance to the rise […]

Franco-American memorial for Father Normand Carpentier

He was a gentle spirit who was very proud to be a Franco-American. We met Father Normand E. Carpentier when he was an assistant pastor at All Saints Parish, in Brunwick, ME. At one time, he was a guest of the local French group, a gathering of 8 friends who continue to meet for lunch, […]

Soldiers and sailors coming home – Franco-American Veterans

Franco-American veterans

Veterans stories are fascinating because of the histories they teach us about the unusual times when each person served in the military. On May 23, 2017, the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College (USM LAC FAC) will host a program to honor these important histories, including exhibits and presentations from distinguished veterans. I am […]