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Historical Items

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Item 9267

Lewiston Public Library, Lewiston, ca. 1960

Contributed by: Lewiston Public Library Date: circa 1960 Location: Lewiston Media: Postcard

Item 9268

Lewiston Public Library, Lewiston, ca. 1974

Contributed by: Lewiston Public Library Date: circa 1974 Location: Lewiston Media: Photographic print

Item 79369

Lewiston Historical Commission, 1969

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection Date: 1969 Location: Lewiston Media: Photographic print

Exhibits

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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.

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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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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.

Site Pages

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Lewiston Public Library

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Franco-American Collection

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Franco-American Heritage Center at St. Mary's

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My Maine Stories

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Growing up in Lewiston
by Kathy Becvar

Growing up in Lewiston in the 1960s and 1970s.

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

Growing up Franco-American and honoring our mill working heritage

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Somali Bantu farmers put down roots in Maine
by Muhidin D. Libah

Running the Somali Bantu Community Association and finding food security in Maine