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“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 […]

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 […]

Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in history, poetry and cultural tourism

Le Messager donated by Lewiston native Donat Veilleux

LEWISTON, Me-  It’s typical for coincidences to occur in triplicate. This memorable trifecta cliché came to mind, when a cluster of serendipitous occurrences raised my awareness about how Lewiston’s beautiful Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul has contributed to Franco-American heritage. As a matter of fact, the Basilica’s history has hosted thousands of generational transitions […]

Franco Trail map and cultural tourism

program launced at the Gendron Franco Center in Lewiston

“…we say it is time to shout out our pride to all who are here to listen and learn about our history…,”  Rachel Desgrosseilliers. LEWISTON, ME– One of the challenges I’ve encountered about Franco-Americans has been about how to build awareness for the 400 years of history, and culture shared by 25 percent (or more) […]