Category Archives: Franco-American News and Culture

Boisvert and Franco-American “dit” names

L'Heureux is a "dit" name. The family's English name was translated to Happy but then legally changed to L'Heureux

Learning about “topographic monikers”. Many years after graduating from high school in Dundalk, Maryland, I had the opportunity to discuss the origins of the “Greenwood” surname with our class sponsor.  Mr. David Greenwood was a quiet man with an effervescent smile.  His participation in our class didn’t end on graduation day.  In fact, he attended […]

Rebuilding France 1917-1924: Lewiston exhibit

Women Rebuilding France 1917-1924 This historic exhibit is currently featured in the USM LAC Atrium Gallery, on Westminister Street, in Lewiston. It’s a Centennial Exhibition to remember World War I, from the Franco-American Museum Château de Blérancourt, in Picardy, France. An overview about how Anne Morgan, the youngest daughter of financier J.P. Morgan, led a […]

Heroic Cajuns! La marine Cajun

Cajun Country book jacket

Several hundred years of colonial era French and Franco-Americans are living among the affected populations, located along the Gulf Coast of Louisiana and Texas. Our hearts go out to these flood devastated people. Of course, our hearts and sympathies extend to all those who are suffering as a result of the Hurricane Harvey’s horrific damage […]

Chevalier de L’Ordre de Mérite

In Lewiston USM LAC FAC

LEWISTON-AUBURN, Maine:  Congratulations to Madame Doris Belisle-Bonneau! A reception and exhibition opening at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College, on August 31, will include the well deserved presentation of Chevalier de L’Ordre de Mérite, to Doris Belisle-Bonneau, of Auburn. Consul General of France Valéry Freland, will present the award.  He will attend the […]

Franco-American population diversity

book jacket The People of New France

A concluding chapter in a book by Allan Greer titled, “The People of New France“, discussed the diversity of the French-Canadians. I’ve written about this subject in the past. Therefore, I appreciated reading Greer’s point of view. Although French-Canadians, and the Franco-Americans, who descended from this special population of people, may appear to have similar […]

Evangeline and the movie star Dolores del Rio

Evangeline Dolores del Rio

On August 3, when the popular graphic “Google Doodle” featured the birthday of the elegant film star Dolores Del Rio, the beautiful image description omitted one of the most famous movie roles played by this popular actress. She was the star of “Evangeline“, the silent movie dramatization of the epic poem, published in 1847 and […]

Museum of French Emigration to Canada- Museales de Tourouvre

Emigration poster

A Franco-American queried me after she visited the Museales de Tourouvre, in France. Sandra Lamontagne wrote “I live in California but started in Salem, New Hampshire”. She was doing genealogy research in Quebec when she contacted me, by email. In particular, while she was doing the genealogy research into her family’s ancestry, she found the […]

The American Friends of Blérancourt exhibit in Lewiston

exhibit photo

LEWISTON, ME– A wonderful opportunity to experience Franco-American international friendship is arriving in an impressive exhibit, beginning August 28, at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College (USM LAC). Curator of this exceptional opportunity is Elaine Uzan O’Leary, who is a native of Auburn. In fact, the exhibit is a celebration of Franco-American friendship, […]

French history at Saint Patrick’s in Newcastle ME

Saint Patrick's Statue Newcastle Maine

NEWCASTLE, Me-  A beautiful Maine summer Sunday on July 9,  provided extra light to the spiritual ceremony, when the remarkable statue of Saint Patrick was blessed at Saint Patrick’s Church. His amazing image is a welcoming site to all worshipers and visitors at the historic Newcastle church. People interested in learning about Maine’s early American […]