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Item 18384

Dominican Block, Lewiston, ca. 1883

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection Date: circa 1883 Location: Lewiston Media: Photographic print

Item 18377

Sts. Peter and Paul Basilica, Lewiston, 2005

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection Date: 2005 Location: Lewiston Media: Photographic print

Item 18389

Eglise Saint Pierre et Saint Paul, Lewiston, 1992

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection Date: 1992 Location: Lewiston Media: Wood and paint

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La Basilique Lewiston

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.

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Le Théâtre

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."

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From French Canadians to Franco-Americans

French Canadians who emigrated to the Lewiston-Auburn area faced discrimination as children and adults -- such as living in "Little Canada" tenements and being ridiculed for speaking French -- but also adapted to their new lives and sustained many cultural traditions.

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