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Item 18881

Program, 'L'Amour A Bord,' Lewiston, 1939

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection

Date: 1939-04-18

Location: Lewiston

Media: Ink printed on paper

Item 18874

Theater production, Lewiston, 1896

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection

Date: 1896

Location: Lewiston

Media: Photographic print

Item 18859

Les Défenseurs, Lewiston-Auburn, 1915

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection

Date: 1915

Location: Lewiston; Auburn

Media: Photoprint

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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.


Khadija Guled, Portland, 2009

400 years of New Mainers

Immigration is one of the most debated topics of debate in Maine. Controversy aside, immigration is also America's oldest tradition, and along with religious tolerance, what our nation was built upon. Since the first people--the Wabanaki--permitted Europeans to settle in the land now known as Maine, we have been a state of immigrants.

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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.


Story of the "little nun"

by Felicia Garant

My grandmother made a nun's outfit for me