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Item 79912

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

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection

Date: 1908

Location: Lewiston

Media: Photograph

Item 18880

Title: Jean-Baptiste Couture, Lewiston

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection

Date: circa 1900

Location: Lewiston

Media: Photograph

Item 82077

Title: Louis J. Martel, 1899

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection

Date: 1899

Location: Lewiston

Media: Plaster

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Exhibit

Jean-Baptiste Couture, Lewiston, 1926

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

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.

Exhibit

Nave, St. Peter and Paul Church, Lewiston

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.