Tag Archives: Lewiston

Franco-Route of New England – building cultural travel

In Manchester NH attending the Franco-Route of New England meeting on May 31, 2018

MANCHESTER, NH – A friendly group of Franco-American leaders joined with like minded colleagues, academics and genealogists to plan a potential itinerary for a Franco-Route of New England.  This project is a voluntary collaborative led by the Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Its purpose is to open access to cultural tourism […]

Memorial Day Franco-American Veterans tributes

Sanford Saint Ignatius Cemetery

Recently, it was with gratitude that I saw a thoughtful exhibition in the lobby of Portland’s Clarion Hotel, where free note cards were offered to those guests who wanted to send a thank you to a Veteran. Of course, I picked up a note to send to my husband, Richard L’Heureux, USN-Retired. America pays tribute […]

Franco-American nursing history

History of St. Mary's Health System

Two important Franco-American contributions to Maine’s nursing history are documented, during National Nurses Week. The national and annual recognition of nurses coincides with Mother’s Day, and also with the birthday of Florence Nightingale (May 12, 1820 – August 13, 1910). In fact, Nightingale raised the Victorian era’s public awareness about the importance of nursing education, […]

Franco-American Veterans oral histories DVD

Kathryn Vanaria

Merci beaucoup Kathryn Vanaria! BANGOR, Me- In a 13 minute video, the highlights of three Franco-American veterans oral histories were creatively produced by the talented Katheryn Vanaria, who is the video creator for The Legacy Project, in Bangor. Vanaria created a composite version of oral histories given by three veterans for the Franco-American Collection (FAC), […]

Semaine de la Francophonie – Maine celebrates heritage

International Francophonie Day (French: Journée internationale de la Francophonie) is observed within the International Organization of La Francophonie‘s 77 member states to celebrate the French language and Francophone culture. There are over 274 million French speakers on Earth.  In Maine, the Franco-Americans are 25 percent of the state’s population with tens of thousands sharing the heritage through their […]

Franco-American veterans community program

Major Adam Cote

LEWISTON, Me- Franco-American veterans are the focus of a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant with the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College (USM LAC) in Lewiston, at the Franco-American Collection (FAC).  In fact, the project is collecting and archiving the digitization of Franco-American veterans memorabilia, histories (including oral histories) and records.  Originals of […]