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Historical Items

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Item 139

Patrick and Marie Cyr, Biddeford, ca. 1940

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1940 Location: Biddeford Media: Photographic print

Item 18880

Jean-Baptiste Couture, Lewiston

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection Date: circa 1900 Location: Lewiston Media: Photographic print

Item 18400

Alfred Auger, ca. 1930

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection Date: circa 1930 Location: Poland Media: Photographic print

Lesson Plans

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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.