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Item 15935

French Row, Springvale

Contributed by: Sanford-Springvale Historical Society

Date: circa 1905

Location: Springvale

Media: Print from Glass Negative

Item 13119

Tea at French House, Houlton, c. 1900

Contributed by: Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum

Date: circa 1900

Location: Houlton

Media: Glass Negative

Item 19351

Fred French residence, Houlton, 1895

Contributed by: Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum

Date: 1895

Location: Houlton

Media: Photographic print

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Item 85143

French property, N. Side Island Avenue, Peaks Island, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Lulu B. French

Use: Summer Dwelling

Item 72451

Assessor's Record, 293 Read Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Mary R. French

Use: Garage

Item 32806

25 Adelaide Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Valona U. French

Style: Utilitarian

Use: Garage

Exhibits Showing 3 of 46 View All


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.


George French dorm room, Bates College, ca. 1901

Maine Through the Eyes of George W. French

George French, a native of Kezar Falls and graduate of Bates College, worked at several jobs before turning to photography as his career. He served for many years as photographer for the Maine Development Commission, taking pictures intended to promote both development and tourism.


St-Jean-Baptiste portrayal, 1890

La St-Jean in Lewiston-Auburn

St-Jean-Baptiste Day -- June 24th -- in Lewiston-Auburn was a very public display of ethnic pride for nearly a century. Since about 1830, French Canadians had used St. John the Baptist's birthdate as a demonstration of French-Canadian nationalism.

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J. J. Salvas and Franco actors, Biddeford, ca. 1925

Biddeford History & Heritage Project - Joseph Jovite Salvas

It was not unusual for French-speaking audiences of 1100 to be entertained at one of Salvas’s plays.

Site Page

Joseph Jovite "J. J." Salvas, Biddeford, ca. 1920

Biddeford History & Heritage Project - Joseph Jovite Salvas

… circling around small towns where they were well-received. In 1908, Salvas started presenting plays on his own for French-speaking audiences.

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Benefit party for the Wardwell Home, Saco, 1912

Biddeford History & Heritage Project - Pierre Painchaud

… la France” during the weekly performances of French-Canadian ballads, chants, and folk songs at local parks.

My Maine Stories Showing 3 of 9 View All


How Mon-Oncle France came to Les-√Čtats

by Michael Parent

How Mon-Oncle France came to the United States.


Everything we did was new and exciting in the Vellux division

by Maurice Paquette

If you applied yourself you could do anything at Pepperell Mills.


Growing up in Lewiston

by Kathy Becvar

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