Tag Archives: Franco-American Collection

Growing Up Franco-American with no patent leather shoes

Growing Up Franco-American by Lorraine Dutile Masure

“We kept such a low profile that it was only in 1977 that Maine recognized Franco-Americans as an ethnic group, even though we had been here for scores of years”, wrote Lorraine Dutile Masure, in her autobiographical memoir.  Writing personal and often comical short narratives, Masure has given readers personal insight to the Franco-American experience. […]

Professor Mary Rice-DeFosse: Teaching French and Francophone Studies

Community Engaged Learning

LEWISTON, Me– It’s been my pleasure to work collaboratively with Professor Mary Rice-DeFosse, at Bates College, through our participation on the Franco-American Collection’s board, at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College (USM LAC). Her expertise about the Franco-American language and culture are helping to inspire students and others to learn more about Maine’s […]

Chevalier de L’Ordre de Mérite

In Lewiston USM LAC FAC

LEWISTON-AUBURN, Maine:  Congratulations to Madame Doris Belisle-Bonneau! A reception and exhibition opening at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College, on August 31, will include the well deserved presentation of Chevalier de L’Ordre de Mérite, to Doris Belisle-Bonneau, of Auburn. Consul General of France Valéry Freland, will present the award.  He will attend the […]

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 […]