Franco-American Collection

Pejepscot Historical Society Winter/Spring Lecture Series to focus on Franco-Americans

The Pejepscot Historical Society, based in Brunwick, has announced two speaker series for winter/spring 2014: an evening lecture series on the theme of the French-Canadians who immigrated to the Brunswick area and elsewhere in Maine in the nineteenth century and a noontime “brown bag” series on a variety of local history topics. 

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PHS’s 2014 winter/spring lecture series is titled “For the Mills and For More: The French-Canadian Experience in Maine.” Experts in French-Canadian and French-American culture and history will offer insight into the lives of those who traveled to Brunswick and other parts of Maine in the nineteenth-century seeking work and opportunity. 

The first speaker in this series is James Myall,  coordinator of the Franco-American Collection.  His presentation is titled “’Tous Pour Un’: Franco-American Racquetteurs and Maine’s Snowshoeing Tradition.”

Myall’s talk will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26, in Curtis Memorial Library’s Morrell Meeting Room. Admission to this talk and others in the series (all at 7:00 p.m. in the Morrell Meeting Room) is $3.00 per person.


Other talks in the series:

March 19: Jacques Ferland (University of Maine), “The Canadian National Anthem and Franco-American Identity”

April 23: David Vermette (author), “The Cabot Mill and the Development of Brunswick’s Franco-American Community”

May 7: Rhea Côté Robbins (author and editor), “History of Maine Women: Where are the Franco-American Women?”



PHS will also offer a series of lunchtime brown bag talks on a variety of local history topics. These more informal presentations will be held at Pejepscot Historical Society (159 Park Row, Brunswick) at noon, and guests are invited to bring a bag lunch to enjoy during the presentation. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

The first presenter in our brown bag series will be Benet Pols, Brunswick Town Council chair and Pejepscot Historical Society trustee, on February 26. Pols has taken incredible photographs of the seldom-seen interior of the Knights of Pythias Hall above Wyler’s on the corner of Pleasant and Maine Streets in Brunswick, and will share these as part of his presentation. 


Other presenters in our brown bag series are:

March 26: Elizabeth Swasey, “Immigration, Race, and Work in Northern New England”

April 16: Kathleen March, “Brunswick’s Saturday Club”

April 30: Ruth Klein, “Je Me Souviens: Growing Up French in Brunswick” 

May 28: Troy Ancona, “The Battle of Petersburg and Chamberlain’s Wound”


For more information, please call the Pejepscot Historical Society at 207.729.6606. 

The Pejepscot Historical Society is a private, non-profit, educational organization charged with preserving the collective heritage of Brunswick, Harpswell, and Topsham. The Society owns and operates the Joshua L. Chamberlain House Museum and the Skolfield-Whittier House, both of which are open to the public. For further information please call the Society at 729.6606 or visit