The Franco-American Collection celebrated its grand re-opening in much larger premises at USM LAC Saturday, October 5th, 2013. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was overseen by Andrea Quaid, district representative for U.S. Congressman Mike Michaud.
Congratulations to Hattie Freye of New Gloucester (pictured) and Leah Jutras of Auburn - the awardees of this year's Madeleine Giguère Scholarship. Each will receive $1000 towards their studies at USM's Lewiston-Auburn College.
The Franco-American Collection recently received a donation of artifacts from the Lewiston chapter of Richelieu International, following its closure in 2010. The donation includes dozens of photographs and documents from the club's fifty-year history, as well as the official symbols of the organization, such as the club banner, collection bowl and chairman's gavel.
The Franco-American Collection has been awarded $1,000 by the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Humanities Council in a joint Maine Arts and Humanities Grant to fund an upcoming event series at the Collection.
The Franco-American Collection will receive $1000 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, through a grant administered by the Maine Historical Records Advisory Board, to preserve a large donation of maps from the estate of the late Vincent Leblanc, an engineer and surveyor.
The Winter 2012/13 issue of Le Bulletin is now available to read!
Collection Coordinator James Myall appeared on Blunt Youth Radio, broadcast on WMPG, Portland, Maine's community radio station, as part of an hour-long program on Franco-Americans.
Collection Coordinator James Myall testified before a State of Maine Legislative Task Force on Franco-Americans September 26, presenting statistical information on Franco-Americans gathered from the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey.
If you missed August 31st's successful book reading and discussion of Aurore: My Franco-American Mother with author Marguerite Roy, you can relive it through the column penned by local journalist Rachel Morin for the Lewiston Twin City Times.
The Collection's new online exhibit, From French Canadians to Franco-Americans, was featured in August's edition of Making a Difference, the monthly newsletter of the University of Maine System.