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 […]

Oral history is built around people – Franco-American Collection hosts a January 11 seminar

Oral History and Folklife Research, Inc.

An invitation to the public to learn more: “Family heritage is a gift no one else can give,” Oral History and Folklife Research, Inc. In preparation for the state’s bicentennial Maine Celebration 2020, the Franco-American Collection (FAC) at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College (USM LAC) is in the process of collecting oral […]

Franco-American TED Talk by Susan Poulin

Susan Poulin and Alphonse Poulin

Franco-American culture with humor! “Can You Find Your Identity Through A Heritage-Language?” is an entertaining Ted Talk, by Susan Poulin, now available on-line. Susan Poulin with Alphonse Poulin at the 2017, Franco-American Hall of Fame induction in the Augusta Capitol. Distant cousins!In the presentation, Poulin narrates a joy filled educational lecture about her personal journey […]

History questions about les habitants during the American Revolution


Research by Paul Lessard, in Belgrade, Maine, about one of his colonial Revolutionary War ancestors, raised two history question. Check the video link in this blog. During the Revolution, why did the Continental Army’s attack on Quebec fail when “les habitants”, or the French farmers in Canada (Quebec), could have provided reinforcements to the army […]

Franco-American history about business entrepreneurs

City of Lewiston 1892

LEWISTON, Me – “Celebrate Maine 2020”,  bicentennial will include an exhibit about Franco-Americans who participated in building the state’s economy. In fact, the Board of Directors, with the Franco-American Collection at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College (USM LAC FAC), are preparing to participate in the state’s bicentennial history by organizing an exhibit […]