Franco-American Collection

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The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a $10,477 Common Heritage Grant to the Franco-American Collection, located at USM's Lewiston-Auburn College. The focus of the grant will be a one-day digitization event targeted at preserving cultural heritage materials related to military experiences - at war and on the home front - of members of Maine's Franco-American population, the state's largest ethnic group. The grant will also support a speaker series addressing the history of Franco-American military service. The theme of military service will help the public explore questions of identity and loyalty, which attended Maine's Franco-American population from its early days.
Janet Roberts is the new Coordinator for the Franco-American Collection at USM's Lewiston-Auburn College.
Listen to the interview online, as well as interviews with the US organizers of the World Acadian Congress and mezzo soprano Mélanie Saucier of Fort Kent.
The Collection's catalog is online! It is now possible to search the Collection at the item level for the first time. Visitors to the site, powered by the Past Perfect museum software, can choose to browse items in the Collection, bring up random records, or research the Collection's holdings through powerful search tools. Over 1500 records were added to the catalog for its initial launch, and more are being added on a regular basis. This is just a fraction of the many thousands of items in the Collection, but it allows researchers to access the Collection's holdings in unprecedented detail.
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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.
The Collection's 2014 Spring lecture series, coordinated with USM faculty, links the Franco-American past and present. Events in the series examine Franco-American politics, labor history, and gender roles, as well as Franco-Somali relations in the 21st century. The series is made possible by the University of Maine System's Diversity Committee.
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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.
Collection Coordinator James Myall will be offering HUM 460 at the University of Southern Maine. The course is designed to allow distance learners across New England to participate by examining Franco-Americans in their local environment.
The Franco-American Collection will be hosting three authors at USM LAC as part of a winter book discussion series. Each session will include readings by the authors, discussion of their creative process, and time for questions from the audience.
Funeral of Edmond Leblond, St. Louis Church, Auburn, 1918
The Collection is collaborating with Museum L/A on concurrent exhibits honoring the area's veterans.

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