Franco-American Collection

Events and Programs

Franco-American Dance Party 

The Franco-American Collection sponsors a variety of programs and events, which serve two primary purposes - to promote and preserve the Franco-American culture of Maine, and to collect further material for the Collection's holdings.


To see our upcoming events, please visit our calendar.

To find out more, please click on one of the links below:

Upcoming Events

Past Events


Franco-American Hall of Fame



Maine Franco-American Day (2002-Present).  Information on the annual celebration at the state capitol, including the names and achievements of the inductees to the Maine Franco-American Hall of Fame.

Learn more about past events sponsored by the Collection:

Past Lectures/Presentations

As an academic repository, the Collection hosts talks and presentations by scholars in the field of Franco-American studies, or by experts in diverse fields with a perspective on the Franco-American community

Rhea Côté Robbins

Rhea Côté Robbins: Franco-American Gender Roles: Motherhood and More

April 17, 2014

Watch online

Learn more about Robbins and her organization, the Franco-American Women's Institute.


Book Readings

The Collection regularly invites local authors who have written about Franco-American themes to showcase their work with a reading and discussion at the Collection.  Below you'll find images and audio from past book readings:

Marguerite Roy

Marguerite Roy: Aurore: My Franco-American Mother

August 30, 2012

Listen online

About the book

Purchase (a portion of procceds will support the Collection).

Review of the book reading by Rachel Morin (Twin City Times)


Susan PoulinSusan Poulin: Finding Your Inner Moose: Ida LeClair's Guide to Livin' the Good Life

October 27, 2012

About the book

Purchase (a portion of procceds will support the Collection).



Denis Ledoux ReadingDenis Ledoux: We Were Not Spoiled and Business Boy to Business Man

November 21, 2013

About "We Were Not Spoiled"

About "Business Boy to Business Man"



Rhea Cote RobbinsRhea Côté Robbins: Down the Plains

December 19, 2013

Listen online

About the book



JAnother City coveroseph Conforti: Another City Upon a Hill

January 16, 2014

Listen online

About the book



French Language

The Collection does not offer its own French language classes at this time.  However, we are happy to recommend the following local resources in central Maine:

For Children:

Fun in French for Kids (Augusta)

Fun in French for Kids (Lewiston)

Maine French Heritage Language Program (Augusta)

Maine French Heritage Language Program (Auburn)

For Adults:

French Reacquisition Classes (Lewiston)

Senior College at USM-LAC (Lewiston)


Music is a key part of Franco-American culture, and the Collection occasionally hosts musicians, especially those who play traditional French or French-Canadian tunes.  The Collection also hosts regular, monthly French-language sing-along sessions, led by local volunteers.

Benoit Borque and Paul Farrell of AuburnBenoit Bourque (July 2010)

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Va-et-VientVa-et-Vient (December 2010)

Learn more about Va-et-Vient





Josée VachonJosée Vachon (May 2011)

Learn more about Josée





Benoit and Anotine BorqueBenoit and Antoine Borque (May 2012)

Learn more about Benoit and Antoine





Don Cunningham Don Cunningham (November 2012)

Learn more about Don 





Robert Sylvain (August 2013)