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 […]

Mercredi des Cendres — Franco-Americans and Lent

Ash Wednesday at St. Charles in Brunswick Maine

Lent is the liturgical season that marks 40 days of prayer and repentance practiced by the faithful in preparation for celebrating the Easter Season.  Franco-Americans are traditionally very observant about Lenten religious practices that have been defined by the Catholic Church.  Officially, Lent lasts for 40 weekdays, beginning with Ash Wednesday and ending on Holy […]

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 […]