Nous sommes tristes- Notre-Dame Cathedral

Cathedral of Note Dame distance view April 1998

PARIS – We join the world in shared sadness! Yet, we are grateful for the times when we visited the Cathedral, during our visits to Paris. On April 15, the horrified people of the world watched on television, while heroic Parisian firefighters worked to save the magnificent Cathedral of Notre-Dame,, because the fire inside was quickly […]

Acadian celebrations & family reunions planned in August at CMA 2019

Grand Pre Acadian Cross

This popular party is held once every five years during the month of August. My photographs were taken when the events were held in Madawaska, Maine and when we visited Grand Pre, Nova Scotia. Congrès mondial acadien (CMA) is a perfect opportunity to immerse in the Acadian history and culture, while enjoying a visit to […]

French-Canadian Legacy podcast

Immigration history

Good questions were posed during my podcast interview with Jesse Martineau on the French-Canadian Legacy podcast.  In fact, the interview is now live at this site. We enjoyed an uplifting discussion about Franco-American identity. In the podcast, I was able to reflect about the history of Franco-Americans and cultural identity. Although I’m not a sociologist […]

Immigration discrimination and Franco-American history

Ku Klux Klan in Maine

LEWISTON, Maine – A historical overview by James Myall, presented during a seminar on March 19th in Lewiston, described how Franco-Americans were subjected to immigration discrimination during the 19th and into the 20th century.  Anti-immigration discrimination campaigns were led by the Know-Nothings and the Ku Klux Klan. Myall writes a Bangor Daily News blog at […]

Bienvenue a la Blaine House!

International guests at the Blaine House in Augusta host was Governor Janet Mills

Maine’s Franco-Americans are more than 25 percent of the state’s population.  Recognition for the Franco-American contributions to Maine’s history, language and culture were held on March 19, in Augusta, at the Blaine House Governor’s Mansion. Moreover, the ceremonies will re-convene, on May 16th, at the Augusta State House. International Francophonie Day (en francais Journée internationale de la […]

Where is “home”? Two cultures; two Franco presentations

Denis LeDoux and Margaret Craven at USM LAC FAC

LEWISTON- Près de chez nous ou loin? “Everyone of us in Lewiston should be able to say….I am local….I am home,” said Katie Theriault. Katie Theriault spoke about being local and returning to “home” in Lewiston, after she and her family had lived in other places. Zahra Houssain spoke about creating “home”, having been born […]

March is “Celebrate French in Maine” month: Events recognize Franco-Americans

Juliana and Richard L'Heureux at the French Cultural Center in Boston on March 5, 2019

First of all, I want to thank my social media friend Doris Perrault Pelletier for adding this following quote to the message I posted about the Francophonie kick-off celebration, hosted at the French Cultural Center, on March 5, in Boston: Doris Perreault Pelletier  “It’s wonderful that there is a celebration for Franco Americans. Society has […]

International Women’s Day – celebrating Franco-American “Home”

USM LAC FAC program in support of International Women's Day

LEWISTON, Maine – March 8, 2019 is International Women’s Day. A discussion about the important role of Franco-American women in supporting the concept of “Home”,  will be hosted at the Franco-American Collection, on Friday March 8, 2019, beginning at 4 PM, with speakers and an exhibit depicting the biographies of local women. The Franco-American Collection […]

Pate Chinois and the Franco-American cuisine

Pate Chinois in Julie's kitchen

(Accents used in a blog’s title line, like in Pâté Chinois, causes garbled print images, but, I tried to include most of the correct accents in this narrative.) AUGUSTA, Me– Some thoughtful guests who attended the Franco-American forum at the University of Maine Augusta on February 11, were kind enough to bring a dish of […]

Manufacturing in Augusta Maine informational forum at UMA

Professor Chelsea Ray and Executive Director Jan Michaud

An informational forum with lunch to hear about Augusta’s manufacturing history featured oral histories from the workers who were employed in the capital city’s once bustling mills. In fact, the program was a Franco-American learning opportunity, hosted by the French Club, held on February 11, at the University of Maine Augusta (UMA), at the Holocaust […]