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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 20683

American and French aviators, Old Orchard Beach, 1929

Contributed by: Old Orchard Beach Historical Society

Date: 1929

Location: Old Orchard Beach

Media: Photographic print

Item 18880

Jean-Baptiste Couture, Lewiston

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection

Date: circa 1900

Location: Lewiston

Media: Photographic print

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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.

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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.

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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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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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Mono Aircraft Company, Presque Isle, 1935

Presque Isle: The Star City - Native Americans

The first French explorers described the people of the region as Etchemin. This term probably included the current Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, and…

My Maine Stories Showing 3 of 9 View All

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How Mon-Oncle France came to Les-√Čtats

by Michael Parent


How Mon-Oncle France came to the United States.

Story

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.

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Growing up in Lewiston

by Kathy Becvar


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