Franco-American Collection

New Online Exhibit

St Peter's School, Class of 1910

French Canadians who emigrated to the Lewiston-Auburn area in the late 19th and early 20th centuries faced discrimination as children and adults--such as living in "Little Canada" tenements and being ridiculed for speaking French--but also adapted to their new lives and sustained many cultural traditions.

 The Franco-American Collection has created a new online exhibit From French Canadians to Franco-Americans, funded by a grant from the Maine Historical Society.  The exhibit explores what life was life for Francos living in Maine, particularly children. Living conditions, mill work and child labor, education, religion, musical traditions, and sports are just some of the aspects of life touched upon in the exhibit.


View the exhbiit at the Maine Memory Network (opens in new window)

View other online exhibits.

Giving to the Collection

The operation of the Franco-American Collection, its educational programs and the preservation of its materials are dependent on your generosity. 

Find out more about giving to the Collection through the University of Southern Maine. 

Please select "specific College/school funds", followed by "other", and specifiy "Franco-American Collection" to direct your donation correctly.

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