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Item 18402

Alfred Auger as St-Jean-Baptiste, 1890

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection

Date: 1890

Location: Lewiston; Auburn

Media: Photographic print

Item 18522

St-Jean-Baptiste portrayal, 1890

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection

Date: circa 1890

Location: Lewiston; Auburn; Poland

Media: oil

Item 18411

Young St-Jean-Baptiste, Lewiston, ca. 1940s

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection

Date: circa 1940

Location: Lewiston; Auburn

Media: Photographic print

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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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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."

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Reddy Kilowatt lapel pin, ca. 1955

Wired! How Electricity Came to Maine

As early as 1633, entrepreneurs along the Piscataqua River in southern Maine utilized the force of the river to power a sawmill, recognizing the potential of the area's natural power sources, but it was not until the 1890s that technology made widespread electricity a reality -- and even then, consumers had to be urged to use it.