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Item 11759

Title: St. John's School, Brunswick, ca. 1900

Contributed by: Pejepscot Historical Society

Date: circa 1890

Location: Brunswick

Media: Photograph, Print

Item 18866

Title: 'La Veuve Joyeuse,' Lewiston, 1976

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection

Date: 1976

Location: Lewiston

Media: Photograph

Item 18858

Title: 'The Merry Widow,' 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

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.

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.