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Contributed by: Bertrand Dutil through Franco-American Collection
Location: Gunsan; Lewiston
Contributed by: Patricia Morin through Franco-American Collection
Location: Brussels; Lewiston
Contributed by: Blake Library Special Collections
Location: Fort Kent
Media: black and white photograph
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."
Like many cities in France, Lewiston and Auburn's skylines are dominated by a cathedral-like structure, St. Peter and Paul Church. Now designated a basilica by the Vatican, it stands as a symbol of French Catholic contributions to the State of Maine.