Tag Archives: University of Southern Maine

A Franco-American and French Canadian history documentary

documentary by Ben Levine

While sheltering in place The Franco-American Collection at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College is offering free streaming access for 30 days only to Réveíl: Waking Up French. This film explores the struggle for cultural survival among the French-Canadian, Franco-American communities of New England. It reveals the importance of history and heritage and […]

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 […]

Learning to conduct Oral History interviews

Sponsored by the Franco-American Collection.

LEWISTON- “Oral histories are like human sponges,” said Molly Graham when she expertly led a workshop on Saturday, January 11, at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College, sponsored by the Franco-American Collection. “Oral histories collect the sensory experiences about events that we cannot absorb in data alone.”  Therefore, it is urgent to collect […]

Oral history is built around people – Franco-American Collection hosts a January 11 seminar

Oral History and Folklife Research, Inc.

An invitation to the public to learn more: “Family heritage is a gift no one else can give,” Oral History and Folklife Research, Inc. In preparation for the state’s bicentennial Maine Celebration 2020, the Franco-American Collection (FAC) at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College (USM LAC) is in the process of collecting oral […]

History of Lewiston’s Bonneau Markets on display

Doris Bonneau

French-Canadian immigrants arrived in Lewiston and Androscoggin County communities during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, to provide labor for the growing industrial mills in the area. Along with their excellent work ethic and often tireless mill labor, they also brought entrepreneurs like Victor and Lucien Bonneau.  When the brothers came to Lewiston as […]

Franco-American distinguished speakers at May 23 Veterans Program

LEWISTON, ME-  Distinguished Franco-American Veterans and diplomats to speak at May 23, 2017 program at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College. It was an honor to present the May 23, 2017 Franco-Americans in International Service program speakers and public exhibits project at the Rotary Club of Lewiston Auburn Maine, with President Monique Roy. Highlights of […]

Franco-Americans: point of view supporting new immigrants

My letter in support of the University of Southern Maine forum on free speech and immigration, from a Franco-American point of view. On February 16th, the University of Southern Maine hosted a free speech forum titled “Alien Invasion: Fixing the Immigrant Crises“, with a presentation by Representative Lawrence Lockman, of Amherst, ME. Obviously, Representative Lockman presented […]