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Historical Items

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Item 98862

Medal, Brigade de Volontaires Franco-Américains, 1910

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection Date: 1910 Location: Biddeford; Manchester Media: Brass

Item 79371

Logo, Centre d'Héritage Franco-Américain, 1972

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection Date: 1972 Location: Lewiston Media: Line drawing

Mystery Corner Item

Item 79370

Trustees of the Centre d'Héritage Franco-Américain, ca. 1972

Mystery Corner Item Do you know these people?

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection Date: circa 1972 Location: Lewiston Media: Photographic print

Exhibits

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From French Canadians to Franco-Americans

French Canadians who emigrated to the Lewiston-Auburn area faced discrimination as children and adults -- such as living in "Little Canada" tenements and being ridiculed for speaking French -- but also adapted to their new lives and sustained many cultural traditions.

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

400 years of New Mainers

Immigration is one of the most debated topics in Maine. Controversy aside, immigration is also America's oldest tradition, and along with religious tolerance, what our nation was built upon. Since the first people--the Wabanaki--permitted Europeans to settle in the land now known as Maine, we have been a state of immigrants.

Site Pages

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Franco-American Collection

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Franco-American Heritage Center at St. Mary's

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - VII. Flow and ebb: the effects of industrial peak & global upheaval (1900-1955) - Page 2 of 3

The Franco community, while shunning assimilation for "la survivance" of the French culture, championed the expansion of educational opportunities…

My Maine Stories

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Story

Where are the French?
by Rhea Côté Robbins

Franco-Americans in Maine

Story

Growing up in Lewiston and running Museum L-A
by Rachel Desgrosseilliers

Growing up Franco-American and honoring our mill working heritage

Story

How Mon-Oncle France came to Les-États
by Michael Parent

How Mon-Oncle France came to the United States.

Lesson Plans

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Sporting Maine

Grade Level: 3-5 Content Area: Health Education & Physical Education, Social Studies
This lesson plan will introduce students to myriad communities in Maine, past and present, through the universal lens of sports and group activities. Students will explore and understand the history of many of Maine’s recreational pastimes, what makes Maine the ideal location for some outdoor sports, and how communities have come together through team activities throughout Maine’s history.

Lesson Plan

Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Maine's Acadian Community: "Evangeline," Le Grand Dérangement, and Cultural Survival

Grade Level: 9-12 Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies
This lesson plan will introduce students to the history of the forced expulsion of thousands of people from Acadia, the Romantic look back at the tragedy in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's famous epic poem Evangeline and the heroine's adoption as an Acadian cultural figure, and Maine's Acadian community today, along with their relations with Acadian New Brunswick and Nova Scotia residents and others in the Acadian Diaspora. Students will read and discuss primary documents, compare and contrast Le Grand Dérangement to other forced expulsions in Maine history and discuss the significance of cultural survival amidst hardships brought on by treaties, wars, and legislation.