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St Peter's School, Lewiston, Class of 1910

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St Peter's School, Lewiston, Class of 1910

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St Peter's School ('Ecole St Pierre') was the first parish school in Lewiston. It opened in 1878 to service the French-speaking children of immigrants who poured into Lewiston in the 1860s and 70s to work in the mills.

Note the large Stars-and-Stripes behind the graduating class; although children were taught exclusively in French (from Canadian textbooks) until the 1930s, there was a growing desire among parents to 'Americanize' their children to provide them with better life chances.

Other Information


  • Title: St Peter's School, Lewiston, Class of 1910
  • Creation Date: 1910-06-16
  • Subject Date: 1910-06-16
  • Town: Lewiston
  • County: Androscoggin
  • State: ME
  • Media: Photograph
  • Dimensions (cm): 22 x 17
  • Local Code: 2012.0.14
  • Object Type: Image

For more information about this item, contact:

Franco-American Collection
USM, 51 Westminster Street, Lewiston, ME 04240
(207) 753-6545
http://www.usm.maine.edu/lac/franco/

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