Franco-American Collection

Franco-American History Fair 2014

Event Date and Time: 
Saturday, June 21, 2014, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
USM, Lewiston-Auburn College, Room 170
Contact Name: 
James Myall
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 St Jean Baptiste Day Parade, Lewiston, 1897

Image: St Jean Baptiste Day Parade, Lewiston, 1897

Join the Franco-American Collection Saturday June 21 for a Maine first – a Franco-American History Fair.  The event, which runs from 9am – 12 Noon, will feature exhibits from Maine historical societies, libraries, museums and genealogical groups with a Franco-American connection.  Visitors will have the opportunity to visit exhibitors’ booths, to explore the diversity of the Franco-American experience in Maine, and ask questions of the experts.   The Collection and other participants will also have items for sale.

A museum conservation professional and an appraiser will be on-hand, so bring your family treasures along to be identified or valued, and learn the best way to preserve them for the future.

The event will also be an opportunity to explore the Collection, which will be open to the public for tours.   Throughout the course of the morning, short presentations will be offered on historic topics, at no additional cost.

Confirmed exhibitors include: the Lewiston Public Library, the McArthur Public Library, Biddeford, the Maine Franco-American Genealogical Society, the Franco-American Women’s Institute, the Biddeford Mills Museum, the Castine Historical Society, and the Pejepscot Historical Society, Brunswick.  Several others will be expected to join us.

The event is free to attend, and no registration is necessary.  Refreshments will be provided.  The fair will take place in room 170 of USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College at 51 Westminster Street, Lewiston.

For more information, contact the Collection.

Franco-American Collection will be closed on Thursday and Friday (Nov. 26-27) .

The Collection will be closed on Thursday, November 26 (Thanksgiving) and on Friday, November 27.  It will re-open at 9am on Monday, November 30.

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