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Item 98862

Medal, Brigade de Volontaires Franco-Américains, 1910

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection

Date: 1910

Location: Biddeford; Manchester

Media: Brass

Item 67531

Mystery What is the name of this Auburn grocery?

General Store, Auburn, ca. 1920

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection

Date: circa 1920

Location: Auburn

Media: Photographic print

Item 79371

Logo, Centre d'Héritage Franco-Américain, 1972

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection

Date: 1972

Location: Lewiston

Media: Line drawing

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Camp Tekakwitha brochure, Leeds, ca. 1940

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.


Jacques Cartier snowshoe club, ca. 1925

Les Raquetteurs

In the early 1600s, French explorers and colonizers in the New World quickly adopted a Native American mode of transportation to get around during the harsh winter months: the snowshoe. Most Northern societies had some form of snowshoe, but the Native Americans turned it into a highly functional item. French settlers named snowshoes "raquettes" because they resembled the tennis racket then in use.


Nave, St. Peter and Paul Church, Lewiston

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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Shepherdess Drill, Lewiston, 1903

Franco-American Collection

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Float in Parade for St. John de Baptist, Lewiston

Franco-American Heritage Center at St. Mary's

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L'absolution play poster, Biddeford, 1944

Biddeford History & Heritage Project - Joseph Jovite Salvas

For nearly 40 years, Salvas produced, directed, and acted in plays targeting the Franco-American population all around Southern Maine.

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Growing up in Lewiston

by Kathy Becvar

Growing up in Lewiston in the 1960s and 1970s.


How Mon-Oncle France came to Les-États

by Michael Parent

How Mon-Oncle France came to the United States.


Story of the "little nun"

by Felicia Garant

My grandmother made a nun's outfit for me