Category Archives: Franco-American News and Culture

World Refugee Day remembered by PM Justin Trudeau

French Acadian books

“Today, I call on Canadians and people around the world to stand with people seeking shelter from enormous hardship and violence…” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, issued on World Refugee Day 2017. French Acadians, the people of “Acadie” (modern day Nova Scotia), in the Canadian Maritimes, are among the millions who are remembered in […]

Franco-American history- Androscoggin River Swinging Bridge

Friends visit the Androscoggin River Swinging Bridge

BRUNSWICK, Me- It’s always a pleasure to visit the picturesque Androscoggin River Swinging Bridge, located in a small historic park off of Route 1,  when driving through Brunswick, Maine.  Indeed, my husband and I enjoy taking visitors to see the bridge, because it’s an opportunity to teach them a little about Franco-American history. Civil engineers […]

Documentary about Les Filles du Roi- Daughters of the King

Ursuline Nuns welcome Les Filles du Roi

Two-thirds of French Canadians are descended from 800 women who arrived in New France in the 1660s. They are collectives known to history as Les Filles du Roi (Daughters of the King).  Gerard Dennison alerted me to the Canadian Broadcast (CBC) documentary about their important contributions to the population growth and social development of New […]

Franco-American appreciation to NEH and William Adams

Joseph LePage and Doris Bonneau with plank owner certificate

LEWISTON, Me– A well attended veterans exhibit and program was hosted by the Franco-American Collection on May 23rd, at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College (USM LAC), with the support from a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant.  In fact, the NEH grant made the collection and digitization of a century’s worth […]

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, […]