A Franco-American and French Canadian history documentary

documentary by Ben Levine

While sheltering in place The Franco-American Collection at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College is offering free streaming access for 30 days only to Réveíl: Waking Up French. This film explores the struggle for cultural survival among the French-Canadian, Franco-American communities of New England. It reveals the importance of history and heritage and […]

French nuns release 7,000 hours of Gregorian chants

Nuns in Provence record Gregorian chants

A news summary published in The Tablet by Madoc Cairns Nuns at the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Fidélité de Jouques are recording 7,000 hours of Gregorian chants in what is believed to be one of the largest projects ever conducted, if not the largest.  This is an important contribution to religious and music history! Fourty-five […]

Franco-Americans living at home with kindness

Franco-American Collection University of Southern Maine

“Something good will come of all things yet.“- Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) We can share kindness by keeping each other safe, and participating in many free and enriching at home programs. Although the coronavirus pandemic has impacted all of us, the quote by Kerouac is evident in all those who are dedicated to caring for our […]

C’est urgent maintenant! Friends From Northern Maine personal protective masks.

PPE facemask sewn in Northern Maine.

NORTHERN MAINE– “Do what you can!”, is the title of the lyrics by Jon Bon Jovi, the award winning song writer and philanthropist who was inspired to write about helping others during the 2020, coronavirus pandemic. This is exactly the spirit of urgency embraced by Friends From Northern Maine, a large and growing number of […]

During “2020 Year of the Nurse” we remember the life of Blanche Thibodeau Cyr “Tante Blanche”

Tante Blanche

“Always look for the helpers,” his mother told him.“There’s always someone who is trying to help.”- Quote from Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers 1928-2003). MADAWASKA, Maine-  Nurses are historically among the helpers. This blog is a thank you to all health care workers who are serving and caring for our communities during the rapid spread of […]

“And Then Came Devens”….. la grande guerre et la grande grippe: War and Influenza

Camp Devens Massachusetts

Camp Devens Massachusetts:  The Great War and The Great Influenza A blog about the Great Influenza pandemic came to mind while I was participating in planning about how to respond to a scheduled exhibit in Lewiston, ME, about Franco-American entrepreneurs, that was unexpectedly caught up in the coronavirus epidemic. Unfortunately, the wonderful exhibit opening, planned […]

One Franco-American Vietnam War veteran’s military history

Seabees in Chu Lai

BREWER, Maine– My husband experienced a walk back in time during a memorable visit with author and photojournalist David Lyman! We were grateful for this encounter, where we met with Lyman, in Brewer, Maine! In the world of Mobile Construction Battalions, better known as the “Seabees”, the numbers included in this highly trained engineering and […]