Franco-American Collection

Author Talk by Catherine Bergeron-Bergeron at Franco-American Collection

On Tuesday, April 18, from 3:30–4:30 pm at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College, the Franco-American Collection will present Catherine Bergeron-Bergeron, who will speak about her book “Our Place in Line: a Franco-American Family Odyssey.”

 Building on her family’s history, the book explores French immigration to North America and the subsequent history of French Canada and Franco-American immigration to Maine and the other New England states.  Tuesday’s talk will focus on the North American portion of that journey, including the history of the author’s family, who settled in the manufacturing and farming communities of greater Lewiston-Auburn.  The book includes many ancestral photos and anecdotal lore.

 Ms. Bergeron-Bergeron was a reporter for the Lewiston Daily Sun and the Evening Journal during her college years in the 1970s.  She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Northeastern University College of Journalism, while taking as many history courses as she possibly could.

This is one of several events happening throughout the week as part of the partially rescheduled “La Semaine de la Francophonie” – a week for celebrating the French language and those who speak it.  The next event at the Collection will be an open house on Wednesday, when people are welcome to stop by during the afternoon.  The events are free and open to the public.

The Franco-American Collection is located at University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College, 51 Westminster St., Lewiston.  It is one of the largest repositories in the northeast for the culture of French Canadian immigrants to the United States. The Collection preserves the past and promotes the study of Franco-American culture and history.  For more information, go to, call 753-6545, or email