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Item 15935

Title: French Row, Springvale

Contributed by: Sanford Historical Committee

Date: circa 1905

Location: Springvale

Media: Print from Glass Negative

Item 30998

Title: Canadian National Club, Biddeford, ca. 1910

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library

Date: 1910

Location: Biddeford

Media: Photograph on board

Item 18866

Title: 'La Veuve Joyeuse,' Lewiston, 1976

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection

Date: 1976

Location: Lewiston

Media: Photograph

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Exhibit

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.

Exhibit

Nave, St. Peter and Paul Church, Lewiston

La Basilique Lewiston

Like many cities in France, Lewiston and Auburn's skylines are dominated by a cathedral-like structure, St. Peter and Paul Church. Now designated a basilica by the Vatican, it stands as a symbol of French Catholic contributions to the State of Maine.

Exhibit

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.