St-Jean-Baptiste Day -- June 24th -- in Lewiston-Auburn was a very public display of ethnic pride for nearly a century. Since about 1830, French Canadians had used St. John the Baptist's birthdate as a demonstration of French-Canadian nationalism.
Lewiston, Maine's second largest city, was long looked upon by many as a mill town with grimy smoke stacks, crowded tenements, low-paying jobs, sleazy clubs and little by way of refinement, except for Bates College. Yet, a noted Québec historian, Robert Rumilly, described it as "the French Athens of New England."
On January 1, 1970, the name was changed to State Street Baptist Church. The church building is the oldest public standing building in Presque Isle.
Lincoln Center Baptist Church, Lincoln, ca. 1900 Contributed by Lincoln Historical Society Description The first clergyman associated with…