Thursday, April 17, 2014
Juliana L’Heureux is a freelance writer whose articles about Maine’s Franco-American history and culture have appeared in Portland newspapers for 25 years. She serves on the Maine Franco-American Leadership Council.
Juliana and her husband Richard live in Topsham ME. Feel free to contact her at Juliana@mainewriter.com.
In 1924, the first snowshoe club in the
Louis-Philippe Gagne (1900-1963) is the founder of American snow shoe clubs. He later became mayor of Lewiston, Maine 1947-48
Snowshoes became popular with the French as soon as the Native Americans introduced them to the colonial explorers, trappers and settlers. Snowshoes were given the name “raquetteurs” by the French, because their design looked like tennis rackets.
Le Grand Derangement justifiably continues to raise tragic emotions among those who study and learn about the terrible tragedies of 1755, when the British brutally expelled the French Acadian families from
Although the tragedy is repeatedly studied and the events verified, a surprising number of people still don’t know about this history, even though it negatively impacted several thousand people. Nearly 400 years later, the Acadian expulsion raises sad emotions whenever information is learned and the humanitarian catastrophes that occurred are described. Millions of people of Franco-American heritage can trace their ancestry to someone who was a part of the expulsion.
Our family has adopted the tradition of enjoying eating jambalaya on Mardi Gras.
Since Mardi Gras traditions are decidedly inherited from the French, especially from the 18th century
In the past,
Rather, for Franco-Americans, Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) is the day to eat and drink before Lent begins. Mardi Gras is the Tuesday before Mercredi des Cendres (Ash Wednesday), marking the beginning of the six weeks of austerity, observed during the liturgical le Carême (the Lenten season), that leads up to Easter.
Franco-American voters are influential in all of Maine's elections.
Christian Potholm is Professor of Government at
James Myall (left) coordinator of The Franco-America Collection at USM-LA with Dr. Christian Potholm, professor at Bowdoin College and a political analy, speaking on "The Franco-American voter".
Be sure to check out the oral history link: www.curtislibrary.com/record-your-story/
A genealogy room located on the second floor level of
Brian Bouchard, 38, is a lifelong