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Item 9916

St. Ignatius, Martyr, Church, Sanford, ca. 1895

Contributed by: Sanford-Springvale Historical Society

Date: circa 1895

Location: Sanford

Media: Photographic print

Item 18377

Sts. Peter and Paul Basilica, Lewiston, 2005

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection

Date: 2005

Location: Lewiston

Media: Photographic print

Item 103129

Lunn & Sweet baseball team, Industrial League Champions, Lewiston, 1916

Courtesy of Kathy Bolduc Amoroso, an individual partner

Date: 1916

Location: Auburn

Media: Photographic Print

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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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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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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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Pew payment receipt, Biddeford, 1806, 1807, 1810

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 - VI. The deluge of industrial expansion & immigration (1865-1900) - Page 1 of 2

… an intense level of immigration, first of Irish and other west European workers; then later French-Canadian, east and southern Europeans.

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Benefit party for the Wardwell Home, Saco, 1912

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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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.