Franco-American Revolutionary War soldier Private Charles Bourget

Franco-American history in Maine

Many thanks to Mr. Paul Lessard for the permission to report about his research. BELGRADE and AUGUSTA, Maine – Franco-Americans can prepare for the Maine Bicentennial celebrations 2020, by creating and planning events to highlight historic, and cultural contributions and to showcase the state’s 400 years of French history. As a matter of fact, a […]

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 […]

A Franco-American tribute to Marquis de Lafayette

James R. Gaines, First Edition For Liberty and Glory

Lafayette Trail in Maine – Julien Icher is a French scholar who is leading the process of documenting the footsteps of General Lafayette, at the time he visited the United States, after the Revolutionary War (1775-1783). This historic visit by Lafayette was significant because the French General had been a close ally to General George […]

Franco-American heroine and nursing colleague – Muriel Poulin

Franco-American Hall of Fame March 2017

SPRINGVALE, Me– A terrific friend to all, and an expert nurse, Dr. Muriel Poulin was a great lady who proudly represented her family’s Franco-American heritage. She died on September 6, 2019, at 94 years old.  Her obituary describes a wonderful nursing leadership career. As a nurse, she was a giant in the profession. Thankfully, with […]

Bringing French into Portland’s Customs House

Governor Mills and Maine legislators at the Portland US Customs House on August 29 with Consul General Arnaud Mentre

PORTLAND, Me–   Félicitations l’Alliance Francaise du Maine! “It is a bond that lies at the heart of Maine,” said Governor Janet Mills during her speech. Although I’ve passed the US Customs House located on Portland’s Fore Street hundreds of times, I had never been inside the historic building.  It’s beautiful! On Friday,August 29, the Customs […]

Meet the Franco-American authors program series at USM LAC

Franco-American Collection board and program chair Denis Ledoux

LEWISTON, Me-  Franco-American authors are coming to the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College, scheduled in a series of programs beginning on Monday, September 23, 2019, and four additional dates, on November 25, 2019, February 24, March 23 and April 27, 2020. “Meet A Franco-American Author“, was organized by Denis Ledoux, a writer who […]

Cathie Pelletier – “Ragin’ Cajun” memoir about Doug Kershaw

ALLAGASH, ME–  In fact, beautiful Allagash Maine reports a town population of about 239 people. One of those who are fortunate enough to call Allagash her home is writer Cathie Pelletier.  It’s always nice to hear from her and to learn about her prolific and successful writing career. She recently contacted me with news about […]

Items in the Franco-American Collection – Who received the Bronze Star?

Bronze Star and Military Chaplain medal at the USM LAC FAC in Lewiston.

Tours of the Franco-American Collection are encouraged!  Please call the phone number at the end of this blog for appointments. LEWISTON, Maine  – As a Board member of the Franco-American Collection, located at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College, one of the special moments I enjoy are when people request to tour of […]

Androscoggin Swinging Bridge – Franco-American mill workers history

Gusts visiting the Androscoggin River Swinging Bridge

BRUNSWICK, Maine –  A lovely pedestrian bridge spanning the Androscoggin River between Brunswick and Topsham is a place to visit at almost any time of year, but especially with Maine’s summer guests. It provides visitors with a scenic view of the river and the location is easy to find along Route 1, thru Brunswick. My […]