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 […]

Mount Desert Island ancient Native American history

Summer visitors might enjoy learning the history of Mount Desert Island, just as much as they will be in awe of the natural beauty of the special area. As 3,303,393 visitors are expected to visit Maine’s magnificent Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island, the beauty they will experience often takes precedence over the extraordinary […]

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 […]