Franco-American Collection

"Sous Les Drapeaux: Under the Colors" Exhibit - November 12 through Dec 28.

The Franco-American Collection and Museum L/A are collaborating on exhibitions to mark Veterans Day and the roles and contributions by local people and industry. 

Funeral of Edmond Leblond, 1918

The  Franco-American Collection will be exhibiting images and memorabilia from local Franco-American veterans in an exhibit entitled “Sous les Drapeaux: Under the Colors.”  The exhibit will focus on the stories of selected local veterans who served in conflicts from World War One to Korea, and will explore themes of identity and patriotism among the Franco-American community.



Museum L-A’s exhibition will consist of three parts - a focus on Lewiston-Auburn workers' contributions to the war effort during WWII, entitled "They Know Their Jobs Are Vital."  Another section will consist of previously-unseen photographs taken in Japan by Army photographer William J. Burns, of the Bates Mill personnel department.  The third element to Museum L/A's exhibit will focus on the story of Henry Gilbert, who took part in the Battle of Iwo Jima and witnessed the famous flag-raising ceremony on the Pacific island.

The exhibit at Museum L-A will be open to the public for special showings from 12-4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, November 8-9 and Monday, Nov. 11.  Next year, the exhibit at Museum L-A will continue with a focus on the Korean and Vietnam wars. Veterans with ID will be admitted to the 2013 Museum L-A exhibit free of charge during the special hours on all three days. Regular admission fees apply to non-veterans. For more information contact Museum L-A at 207-333-3881 or  Visit their website at 


 The exhibit at the USM LAC is curated by the Curator of USM's Atrium Art Gallery, Robyn Holman, and Collection Coordinator James Myall, and will be on display at the Franco-American Collection from November 12 through December 30.  Admission is free.  The Franco-American Collection is open Monday-Thursday, 9-4 (closed Veterans' Day), and is located at 51 Westminster Street, Lewiston.  For more information, contact James Myall at or 207-753-6545.

PHOTO: Among the materials on display at USM LAC is this photograph of the funeral of Edmond Leblond, at St. Louis Church, Auburn, October 1918.  Leblond is said to have been the first local man to die in World War One. He was killed on October 18, less than a month before the conflict ended.