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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 18880

Jean-Baptiste Couture, Lewiston

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection

Date: circa 1900

Location: Lewiston

Media: Photographic print

Item 18865

Theater program, 'Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme,' Lewiston, 1978

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection

Date: 1978-04-08

Location: Lewiston

Media: Ink printed on paper

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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 5 View All

Story

I never thought I would work at a paper mill.

by Greg Bizier


I love science and managed the lab for International Paper's Otis Mill for 31 years.

Story

It was like a family in the mill

by Arnold R. Couture


I saw a lot of changes at the International Paper Otis Mill during my 26 years as an electrician

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Story of the "little nun"

by Felicia Garant


My grandmother made a nun's outfit for me