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Historical Items

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Item 11759

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

Contributed by: Pejepscot Historical Society Date: circa 1890 Location: Brunswick Media: Photograph, Print

Item 18866

'La Veuve Joyeuse,' Lewiston, 1976

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection Date: 1976 Location: Lewiston Media: Photographic print

Item 18858

'The Merry Widow,' Lewiston, 1976

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection Date: 1976 Location: Lewiston Media: Photographic print

Exhibits

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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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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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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.

Site Pages

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - Pierre Painchaud

… la France” during the weekly performances of French-Canadian ballads, chants, and folk songs at local parks.

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - VI. The deluge of industrial expansion & immigration (1865-1900) - Page 2 of 2

Mary's), founded in 1855. Due to the influx of French-Canadians and the animosity between the French and Irish Catholics, a separate church--St.

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - Artists and Inventors of Biddeford

… people from other cultures, such as the Irish and French-Canadians, plus the successful manufacturing at the many mills, combined to foster a…

My Maine Stories

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Ah, les Fameuse Ployes!
by Alain Ouellette

Growing up in an Acadian French family and eating ployes

Story

How Mon-Oncle France came to Les-√Čtats
by Michael Parent

How Mon-Oncle France came to the United States.

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Growing up in Lewiston
by Kathy Becvar

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