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Historical Items

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Item 79912

Le Messager Newspaper Staff, 175 Lincoln Street, Lewiston, 1908

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection Date: 1908 Location: Lewiston Media: Photographic print

Item 18880

Jean-Baptiste Couture, Lewiston

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

Item 82077

Louis J. Martel, 1899

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection Date: 1899 Location: Lewiston Media: Plaster

Exhibits

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Exhibit

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."

Exhibit

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.

Exhibit

La Basilique Lewiston

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.