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Historical Items

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Item 15935

French Row, Springvale

Contributed by: Sanford-Springvale Historical Society Date: circa 1905 Location: Springvale Media: Print from Glass Negative

Item 30998

Canadian National Club, Biddeford, ca. 1910

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: 1910-10-17 Location: Biddeford Media: Photograph on board

Item 18409

Float, Sts. Peter and Paul choir, Lewiston, 1896

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection Date: 1896 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.

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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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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.

Site Pages

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - The Civil War/Reconstruction Era as Experienced in Biddeford & Saco - Page 9 of 17

… Biddeford during the 1860s, thousands of French Canadian, Irish, and some west European immigrants migrated to Biddeford and Saco to work in…

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - VI. The deluge of industrial expansion & immigration (1865-1900) - Page 2 of 2

Due to the influx of French-Canadians and the animosity between the French and Irish Catholics, a separate church--St.

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - Artists and Inventors of Biddeford

… from other cultures, such as the Irish and French-Canadians, plus the successful manufacturing at the many mills, combined to foster a lively…

My Maine Stories

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Where are the French?
by Rhea Côté Robbins

Franco-Americans in Maine

Story

Ah, les Fameuse Ployes!
by Alain Ouellette

Growing up in an Acadian French family and eating ployes

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A Maine Family's story of being Prisoners of War in Manila
by Nicki Griffin

As a child, born after the war, I would hear these stories - glad they were finally written down