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Item 18374

Interior of Saints Peter and Paul Church, Lewiston, 2004

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection

Date: 2004

Location: Lewiston

Media: Photographic print

Item 9679

Front entrances of Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Lewiston, ca. 1970

Contributed by: Lewiston Public Library

Date: circa 1970

Location: Lewiston

Media: Phototransparency

Item 9683

Restoration on Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Lewiston, ca. 1995

Contributed by: Lewiston Public Library

Date: circa 1995

Location: Lewiston

Media: Phototransparency

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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.


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.


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."