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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."
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.
Whether it was portraying a "Mad Miser" in the theater, rallying patriotic fervor with World War I artwork, or inventing new technology to keep a…
Dude Cowboy advertising at City Theater, Biddeford, 1926McArthur Public Library Besides modern conveniences and entertainments, the city was…