Category Archives: Franco-American News and Culture

Join the many programs and celebrations!

Congressman Mike Michaud

Répondez, s’il vous plaît:  An exhibit reception opening for the “Notre Pain Quotidien: Franco-American Entrepreneurs Sustaining Community”, is scheduled at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College hosted by the Franco-American Collection, on March 19, from 5-7 PM. Franco-American entrepreneur families will be recognized. This exhibit will contribute to the Maine 2020 Bicentennial History seminars, […]

“Beaucoup!” Franco-American programs and seminars

The public is welcome to attend these programs.

LEWISTON, Maine –  Update your calendars!  A “beaucoup” amazing selection of interesting and many free programs are scheduled in Lewiston, at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College (USM LAC), the Gendron Franco Center and the Lewiston Public Library. This series of interesting programs, seminars and a March 19th exhibit at USM LAC, will provide […]

“All Work and No Play” child labor exhibit at Museum L-A

All Work and No Play with Audrey Thomson

LEWISTON, Me-  Child labor is a consistent topic of conversation when educational tours visit the Museum L-A, in Lewiston.  A new museum exhibit looks at the hard truth about child labor, including excellent visuals and photographs. I enjoyed my visit to view this exhibit, and will soon be returning with my husband and friends!             […]

Photograph in an exhibition with a dark history lesson

Kennebunkport Beach 1913

AUGUSTA- A historic photographic exhibit on display on the first floor of the Maine Capitol in Augusta, includes one black and white image with a somber history lesson. I was unprepared for the information attached to the very serene picture taken in 1913, Kennebunkport, donated to the exhibit by the Penobscot Marine Museum. In the […]

Franco-American artist Mercedes Gastonguay

TOPSHAM and LEWISTON– A pleasant and surprise encounter with Franco-American artist Mercedes Gastonguay occurred when I happened to attend the Topsham Public Library’s “Joy of Art 2020”, exhibit on January 18, at the opening reception. She submitted two scenic entries to the art exhibit: “High Tide at Monhegan Island, ME”, is a pastel and “Driftwood […]

Learning to conduct Oral History interviews

Sponsored by the Franco-American Collection.

LEWISTON- “Oral histories are like human sponges,” said Molly Graham when she expertly led a workshop on Saturday, January 11, at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College, sponsored by the Franco-American Collection. “Oral histories collect the sensory experiences about events that we cannot absorb in data alone.”  Therefore, it is urgent to collect […]

Franco-American veteran in Vietnam revisited

Richard L'Heureux USN Chu Lai Vietnam

Vietnam- Chu Lai, Mekong, Saigon, Cu Chi and Subic Bay, Philippines:  My husband Richard is a Franco-American Navy Vietnam War veteran. He served in Chu Lai with the Seabees, Mobile Construction Battalion 71 (MCB 71) and again aboard the USS Intrepid, in the Gulf of Tonkin. Therefore, the Vietnam War article written by Ron Steinman, published […]

Most notable 2019 French news- Fire in Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral

Saint Joan of Arc

PARIS, France– My heart breaks every time I see the photographs taken on April 15, 2019, when Notre Dame de Paris was ablaze. But, what happened to Saint Joan? In my opinion, the devastation of the amazing Parisian Gothic architectural icon was the most notable 2019, French news.  We can only pray and continue to […]

Noel – The French-Canadian Legacy podcast

Noel ornament

Merci beaucoup encore à Jesse Martineau et Mike Campbell et à l’héritage franco-américain:  “French-Canadian Legacy Podcast“. A delightful second time around podcast with the interesting duo Jess Martineau and Mike Campbell provided me with the opportunity to speak about “de Noël” traditions and customs practiced during “les fêtes”. A few months ago, the two gentlemen from […]

Celebrating tourtieres by sharing traditions

There are probably as many recipes for the traditional preparation of French Canadian tourtieres as there are families who grew up feasting on the meat pies during Les  Fêtes (the Christmas Holidays including the New Year). Nevertheless, even knowing about the varieties of recipes, I was pleasantly surprised to find a fairly new contribution to […]