From French Canadians to Franco Americans

Jalbert Family Orchestra, Lewiston-Auburn, ca. 1920. MMN #67540.

French Canadians who emigrated to the Lewiston-Auburn area in the late 19th and early 20th centuries faced discrimination as children and adults–such as living in “Little Canada” tenements and being ridiculed for speaking French–but also adapted to their new lives and sustained many cultural traditions.

The new grant-funded exhibit From French Canadians to Franco-Americans, created by staff from University of Southern Maine’s Franco-American Collection, explores what life was life for Francos living in Maine, particularly children. Living conditions, mill work and child labor, education, religion, musical traditions, and sports are just some of the aspects of life touched upon in the exhibit.

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