Keywords: French Canadians
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Contributed by: Sanford-Springvale Historical Society
Date: circa 1905
Media: Print from Glass Negative
Contributed by: McArthur Public Library
Media: Photograph on board
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.
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.
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.
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… France” during the weekly performances of French-Canadian ballads, chants, and folk songs at local parks.
Due to the influx of French-Canadians and the animosity between the French and Irish Catholics, a separate church--St.
… bringing with it a growing workforce of French Canadians, Irish, and other newly arriving ethnic groups.