Tag Archives: Lewiston

Maine celebrates National Nurses Week May 6-12

Merci to nurses.

In Lewiston, the St. Mary’s Hospital was a primary source of health care for Androscoggin County, founded by the “Gray Nuns”, who came to the community from Monreal, Canada, for the purpose of providing social services and a hospital to support Franco-Canadian immigrants and Franco-Americans. Many Franco-American registered nurses were trained in the diploma program […]

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 […]

Franco-America at the Interstice of Identities – Author reading by Ernest Hebert

September 23 at the Franco-American Collection at USM LAC in Lewiston

LEWISTON, Me- An oral history in creative writing: One Franco-American’s life transcended into an entertaining cultural essay, by author and Professor Ernest Hebert! Growing up Franco-American is sometimes referred to as being a “Quiet Presence”. This concept was articulated by writer Dyke Henderson in his books about Franco-Americans. But, not all Franco-Americans are quiet. Ernest […]

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 […]