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Historical Items

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Mystery Corner Item

Item 67531

General Store, Auburn, ca. 1920

Mystery Corner Item What is the name of this Auburn grocery?

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection Date: circa 1920 Location: Auburn Media: Photographic print

Item 98763

Garde d’Honneur, Association St. Dominique, Lewiston, ca. 1920

Contributed by: Beatrice Gendron Guimond through Franco-American Collection Date: circa 1920 Location: Lewiston Media: Photographic print

Item 98861

Roll of Honor, Fanfare Ste Cécile, 1941-1945, Lewiston, ca. 1945

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection Date: circa 1945 Location: Lewiston Media: Ink on paper, photographs

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Exhibits

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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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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.

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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.

Site Pages

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Franco-American Collection

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Franco-American Heritage Center at St. Mary's

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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.

My Maine Stories

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Growing up in Lewiston and running Museum L-A
by Rachel Desgrosseilliers

Growing up Franco-American and honoring our mill working heritage

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Growing up in Lewiston
by Kathy Becvar

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

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Story of the "little nun"
by Felicia Garant

My grandmother made a nun's outfit for me