Franco-American Collection

Postponed: Challenges facing New Immigrants to Local Areas Panel

UPDATE: USM is closed on Tuesday, February 14, so the panel discussion will be rescheduled for a future date.


On Tuesday, February 14 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm, at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College, the Franco-American Collection will present a discussion on some of the challenges new immigrants to this area have had to overcome. The talk will be in French.


Francophone Africans, members of the French Club pictured here, meet twice weekly with local Francos to compare heritages. At the Collection’s next session, five of these French Club members, each representing his/her own African French-speaking country, will share their personal history in establishing themselves and their families in the twin cities. The planned speakers are Louis Kingoi (Burundi), Edo Mukendi (Congo), Injonge Blandine (Rwanda), King (Brazeville), and Mohamed (Djibouti).


The public is invited to visit the Collection as well as enjoy the lively panel discussion and light refreshments. The event is 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.


This panel discussion is one of a series of monthly events at the Collection. The next event will be a talk by Mercedes Gastonguay on March 17, part of the Collections’ celebration of La Semaine de la Francophonie.


The Franco-American Collection 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