Tag Archives: Lewiston Maine

Above the Fold – an essay about Sister Myriam

Bells of Peace

A  startling  World  War  history  lesson  leaped  out  of  a  1940, Lewiston Maine newspaper,  yellowing  with  age,  in  an  above  the  fold headline:  “Une  Jeune  Relig’euse  de  Lewiston  tuée  France”. This essay is my tribute to the life of Sister Myriam*. World nations are recognizing the centennial anniversary commemorating the signing of the Armistice ending […]

Snowshoes in Franco-American history and culture

Antique snowshoes

Even in the July heat, when Maine air temperatures hovered in the upper 90’s F, the thought of another winter is, always, only 6 months away.  Snow shoes (raquette à neige), relics of winters past, were a generous loan provided to me for the purpose of adding them to the archives and exhibits in the Franco-American […]

Honored Franco-American musician couple perform during St. John Baptist program

Don and Cindy Roy of Gorham

LEWISTON, Me–   It was a special occasion to enjoy the performance of the talented Don and Cindy (Lebrecque) Roy, when the talented musical couple from Gorham performed on Friday, June 22,  at the Saint John Baptiste celebration held at the Franco-Gendron Center, on Cedar Street in Lewiston. In fact, the talented Maine musical duo will […]

My travel hobby – Discovering French culture

The Cathedral

A visit to North Carolina to stay with friends for a few days confirmed, once again, how French culture is often surprisingly evident, wherever we happen to travel. Recently, we were hosted by our friends the Dubays at their lovely North Carolina home. Don Dubay is a Lewiston, Maine native and his wife Gail is […]

Le Mois de la Francophonie – March events

Le Mois de la Francophonie in Boston

Bonjour French Cultural Center in Boston with Mitch Thomas and Jacynthe Jacques. It was an honor to be among colleagues who were invited to celebrate the launching of Le Mois de la Francohonie, at a well attended event hosted by the French Cultural Center of Boston. Leading the welcome for the approximately 120 attendees were […]

Why they came: Franco-American immigration

Why they came

A presentation on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College Franco-American Collection, highlighted important histories about Maine’s immigrants. French-Canadian, Franco-American and recently the French-Africans are now part of the history of French immigration into Maine. Lorraine Masure chronicled her Franco-American family’s immigration in “Growing Up Franco-American With No Patent […]

Franco-American stories in anthologies

Goose River Anthology 2017

Goose River Anthology 2018, published in Waldorboro Maine, by Deborah J. Benner, is in print and includes excellent articles from Maine authors, including one from “yours truly”. It’s becoming increasingly difficult for writers to find publishers who will put our work into print. Which is why I continue to compliment the commendable support from Deborah […]

Franco-American memorial for Father Normand Carpentier

He was a gentle spirit who was very proud to be a Franco-American. We met Father Normand E. Carpentier when he was an assistant pastor at All Saints Parish, in Brunwick, ME. At one time, he was a guest of the local French group, a gathering of 8 friends who continue to meet for lunch, […]

Soldiers and sailors coming home – Franco-American Veterans

Franco-American veterans

Veterans stories are fascinating because of the histories they teach us about the unusual times when each person served in the military. On May 23, 2017, the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College (USM LAC FAC) will host a program to honor these important histories, including exhibits and presentations from distinguished veterans. I am […]