James Myall, who served as Coordinator of the Franco-American Collection from 2011 to 2014, will return on October 4 as part of the “Franco-Americans During Wartime: A Heritage of Service” series, which began last spring. His presentation “Sous les Drapeaux: Franco-American Voices from the Front Lines” will look at various unique aspects of the service of Franco-Americans in the armed services, including divided national identities, use of the French language, and questions of patriotism and discrimination before, during and after wartime. The presentation will encompass service in a variety of military branches, as well as auxiliary services, from the 20th century to the present day. The talk will be at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College, Room 170, at 7:00pm on Tuesday, October 4.
Mr. Myall holds a master’s degree in ancient history and archaeology from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and a master’s degree in public policy and management from the University of Southern Maine (USM). During his time as coordinator of the Franco-American Collection, he also served as an adjunct professor of American history and government at USM, Lewiston-Auburn College. He was the executive director of the Freeport Historical Society from 2014 until joining the Maine Center for Economic Policy as a policy analyst in December 2015. He is the co-author of The Franco-Americans of Lewiston-Auburn (History Press: 2015) and was a consultant for the State Legislative Task Force on Franco-Americans in 2012.
This event continues the Collection’s “Franco-Americans During Wartime: A Heritage of Service” program, which began last spring. The series was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of its Common Heritage Grant Program, an effort to help preserve historical materials by making digital copies of items held by the community. The Collection is focusing on the wartime experiences of Franco-Americans, whether in military service or on the homefront. The final event in the series will be a Digitization Day on October 22. This will be an opportunity to bring in wartime-related materials to be digitized between 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
All events are free and open to the public and will be held in Room 170 of USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College, 51 Westminster Street, Lewiston. For more information, please visit http://usm.maine.edu/franco, call 753-6545, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Collection is usually open Mon.-Thurs., from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., although it is best to call ahead to confirm.