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Historical Items

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Item 18401

Replica of Jacques Cartier ship, 1897

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection Date: 1897-06-24 Media: Photographic print

Item 18420

Banner du Institut Jacques Cartier

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection Date: circa 1900 Location: Lewiston Media: Silk

Item 18419

Jacques Cartier banner, Lewisston, ca. 1900

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection Date: circa 1900 Location: Lewiston Media: Silk

Exhibits

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Exhibit

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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Le Théâtre

Lewiston, Maine's second largest city, was long looked upon by many as a mill town with grimy smoke stacks, crowded tenements, low-paying jobs, sleazy clubs and little by way of refinement, except for Bates College. Yet, a noted Québec historian, Robert Rumilly, described it as "the French Athens of New England."

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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.