Category Archives: Franco-American News and Culture

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, […]

Sanford-Springvale Historical Society ~ Humble Heroes

Walter L'Heureux with George Roberts in Australia 1944

SPRINGVALE, Me – Although thousands of Franco-American families sent their sons off to the military during World War II, very few sent five brothers, who fought on the Two Fronts of the War, in Europe and in the Pacific. In Springvale, I was invited to speak about one family. Albert and Blanche L’Heureux of Sanford […]

St. Louis High School in Biddeford ~ a gifted teacher is remembered

Mount Kilimanjaro

It is with great sadness that our L’Heureux family mourns the loss of Roger Armand L’Heureux, my brother-in-law, who died on February 5, 2018, in Melrose, MA, with his family at his side. The alumni of St. Louis High School in Biddeford knew him as Brother Gilbert. He died after a declining illness with Myasthenia […]

Le Mois de la Francophonie – March events

Le Mois de la Francophonie in Boston

Bonjour French Cultural Center in Boston with Mitch Thomas and Jacynthe Jacques. It was an honor to be among colleagues who were invited to celebrate the launching of Le Mois de la Francohonie, at a well attended event hosted by the French Cultural Center of Boston. Leading the welcome for the approximately 120 attendees were […]

Acadie and the St. John Valley – live and on line

History of Acadie text book

A terrific opportunity with texts, in a course perfect for teachers, and students, presented by an expert historian who knows about the rich history of the Acadians who settled in the St. John Valley, in Maine and New Brunswick, Canada. On March 7-April 4, 2018, a history class titled, History of Acadie & the St. John […]

Fait les fèves- chez nous- (When beans were made in a bean pot)

Maine or Boston baked bean pot

Preparing traditional baked beans with some modern changes. Among the first recipes my mother-in-law (belle-mère) and sisters-in-laws (belle souers) taught me to prepare was how to bake Maine baked beans, in an old fashioned bean pot, from scratch. You might ask, “Maine baked beans”? Are they different than Boston Baked Beans?  Well, the truth be […]

French-American immigration – five resource books

C. Steward Doty University of Maine Press

C. Stewart Doty wrote in the introduction of “The First Franco-Americans: New England Life Histories from the Federal Writers’ Project 1930-1939” (published in 1985, by University of Maine at Orono Press):  “French speakers immigrated to New England from Quebec and Acadia (Nova Scotia). Surprisingly, we still know very little about their experiences in the new […]

Why they came: Franco-American immigration

Why they came

A presentation on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College Franco-American Collection, highlighted important histories about Maine’s immigrants. French-Canadian, Franco-American and recently the French-Africans are now part of the history of French immigration into Maine. Lorraine Masure chronicled her Franco-American family’s immigration in “Growing Up Franco-American With No Patent […]