Franco-American Collection

Semaine de la Francophonie 2014

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The Semaine de la Francophonie ("Week of the Francophone Community") is an annual celebration of French-speaking cultures around the world.  March 20th is the international day of the Francophonie.  More about the Francophonie and the concept of the celebrations, here (French only)

Information on events throughout New England can be found here (French and English)

Maine hosts its annual official Franco-American Day on the Wednesday of the Semaine de la Francophonie.  On March 19th, the state legislature will hold special bilingual sessions, and will recognize several inductees into the state's Franco-American Hall of Fame.  There are also public events in the Capitol building, including live music and representatives from cultural and historical organizations, and a special menu in the cafeteria.  Anyone is welcome to attend.  A draft schedule of events, and the names of the inductees can be found here.

On the evening of March 19, the Collection will be co-hosting an invitation-only reception for the Consul of France and the Delegate of the Govenrment of Québec in Boston with the Franco Center in Lewiston.

.Collection Coordinator James Myall will also be representing Maine's Franco-Americans at the SflF celebrations in Washington DC, with a presentation to the Alliance Française on the past, present and future of Maine's French-speakers.  Details can be found here.

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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