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Upcoming Events:

  • 11/08/2016: (7-10PM) Une soirée électorale en français aura lieu le mardi 8 novembre pour apprendre de nouvelles expressions et discuter des résultats de l’élection. L’événement aura lieu au Franco-American Center de 19h à 22h. Vous êtes livres d’apporter une boisson sans alcohol. Pour prévoir le nombre d’invités, vous êtes aussi priés de répondre à ce sondage :
    Dès que possible. Au plaisir de vous voir!
    Simon-Pier Labelle-Hogue, animateur.
  • 11/15/2016: Happenings Series event, Tues. Nov. 15 at 5:30PM at the Franco-American Centre, an evening of performance, art and collaboration. Happenings is a curated series of opportunities for students and community to share creative and intellectual work, especially work in progress in an open, supportive environment. The event is organized and curated by UMaine students, sponsored by the Franco-American Centre. Free and open to the public. Refreshments served. For more information or to get involved, contact Brendan Allen ( or Jill Hughes (

Weekly Events:

  • After-School French Program – The second six-week session began Oct. 31. Sessions are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00-5:00. For more information about the program and upcoming winter/spring sessions, contact Program Director Susan Pinette at or (207) 581-3791.
  • Community French Group Meeting – every Tuesday at 2:00 unless otherwise noted – open to the public! – for more information, contact Lisa Michaud (207-581-3789 or

Past Events:

  • 11/03-06/2016: Franco-American Programs participated Nov. 3-6 in the American Council for Québec Studies biennial conference, “Échanges / Exchanges : conversations, commerce, communautés / conversations, commerce, communities,” at the Westin Harborview Hotel in Portland, ME. The Franco-American Programs  presented a panel discussion on Thursday, including undergraduate research. More new undergraduate research from Franco-American Studies was also  presented Friday. And Program Director Susan Pinette  both presented her research and conducted a Maine Franco-American writers panel on Saturday.
  • 11/02/2016: Mercredi, le 2 novembre, nous accueillerons Alexandre Couture Gagnon de l’Université du Texas Rio Grande Valley. Elle viendra présenter une conférence intitulée : « Interventions du gouvernement du Québec visant à promouvoir la langue française aux États-Unis depuis les années 1970 ». La conférence sera en français. Elle aura lieu à 12 :30 au Franco-American Center. Des boîtes à lunch seront offertes au public. La présentation est organisée par le Canadian-American Center et le Franco-American Center. Pour plus d’informations :  Wednesday, November 2, at 12:30pm, Professor Alexandre Couture Gagnon will give a talk at the Franco-American Centre on the Quebec government’s efforts to promote French in the US. The talk will be in French. This free event is sponsored by the Canadian-American Center. Lunch is provided. Please join us. For more information, please contact
  • 10/25/2016: Inaugural Happenings Series event, Tues. Oct. 25 at 5PM at the Franco-American Centre, featuring Tessa Hathaway, Kat Dubois, Julie Miller and Reuben Dendinger.
  • 09/28/2016: “The 14th Amendment in Franco-American Life,” noon to 2 p.m. at the Franco American Centre. A panel discussion will explore questions of citizenship and the Franco-American experience with respect to the 14th Amendment (passed 1868), wherein the U.S. made distinctions between citizens and noncitizens, between those who had a right to be in the country and those who — without that right — could be deported. The impact of the Amendment on Franco-Americans wasn’t particularly felt until, throughout the 1920s, the United States increasingly regulated and closed the border with Canada, affecting the migratory patterns and, as a consequence, the Franco-American community. As a case study, in 1938, Claudia Breton Emond was arrested in Biddeford, Maine, and deported to Thetford Mines, Canada, the town she had left in 1927. Her daughter, born in Thetford Mines during a two-week vacation, was deported in 1939 when she was 9 years old. The deportations and enforcement of the border were a harsh contrast to the way Emond and her family had regularly crossed back and forth between the countries for work since 1899. The panel will use Emond’s story to discuss how and why the changing definition of citizenship affected the Franco-American community, as well as immigration and citizenship in America today. Panel members:  Patrick Lacroix, Dissertation Year Fellow at the University of New Hampshire; James Myall, co-author of “The Franco-Americans of Lewiston-Auburn” and writer of “Parlez-Vous American?,” a BDN blog on Franco-American history, culture and people; and David Vermette, a researcher, writer and blogger of “French North America.”The event is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be provided. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Lisa Michaud (207) 581-3789 or Susan Pinette (207) 581-3791. The event is funded by the Maine Humanities Council and Franco American Programs at UMaine.
  • 09/22/2016: MOU Task Force on Maine-New Brunswick Cultural Initiatives/Groupe de travail sur le protocole d’entente entre le Maine et le Nouveau-Brunswick sur les initiatives culturelles, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (EST), CoeSpace: 48 Columbia St., Bangor, ME.  Susan Pinette, Director of Franco American Programs, will host a Special Guest conversation from 12:15-12:45 for Task Force members and invited guests. Note: From 5-7PM there will be a public reception for the New Brunswick Art Bank exhibit “Contemporary Currents: 9 New Brunswick Artists” at the University of Maine Museum of Art, 40 Harlow St. Bangor, ME.
  • 09/20/2016: “In and Out of War in Franco-American Communities: Soldiers, Veterans, and Their Families,” 5-7 p.m., Franco-American Collection, Room 170, University Southern Maine-Lewiston-Auburn College, 51 Westminster Street, Lewiston. Susan Pinette, Director of Franco American Programs, and Lisa Michaud, Coordinator of Community Engagement of Franco American Programs, will be speaking at the Franco-American Collection as part its “Franco-Americans During Wartime: A Heritage of Service” program.  The talk will be an exploration of how military service is both a disruption to ethnic identity and a means to strengthen it.  The speakers will look at Franco-American literature and at real-world examples.  At the end of the evening, audience members will be welcome to join in and discuss how their wartime experiences either drew them closer to their home community or separated them from it. A reception at 5:00 pm will celebrate the new academic year; the talk will begin at 6 pm. Free and open to the public. Visit for more information, call 753-6545, or email
  • 6/23/2016:  Maine History and Culture: Minority Issues (French and Native American Cultures and Management Policies),  9AM -12 noon, Franco-American Centre – University of Maine.
  • 6/18/2016: Exploring the Possibility of Publishing Your Family’s Story: Presentation and Discussion, 10 – Noon, Franco-American Centre – University of Maine.
  • 5/7/2016:  Finding Your Quebec & Acadian Ancestors, 10 AM – Noon, Franco-American Centre – University of Maine, with  genealogist Bob Chenard.
  • 4/22-24/2016: Fifteenth Annual Franco-American Gathering at Walpole.
  • 4/14/2016: Jane Martin: Readings from published work and classroom discussions.
  • 3/25/2016: Greg Chabot: A bilingual lecture on and demonstration of Franco-American and Continental French.
  • 3/16/2016: 2016 Franco-American Day, Capitol Building, Augusta.
  • 2/9/2016: Annual Mardi Gras Potluck Celebration
  • 12/23/2015: Fall 2015 Franco American Programs Fall Newsletter:
  • 12/11/2015: Holiday Potluck Gathering
  • 11/06/2015: Film of the Month: “Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants”
  • 10/26/2015: Paré Book Reading
  • 9/15/2015: Dedication ceremony for the Adrien Lanthier Ringuette Library
  • 8/31/2015: Potluck supper & free concert by Le Bruit Court dans la Ville
  • 7/11-15/2015: L’Hermione Visit to Castine and Maine
  • 6/28/2015: La Recolte Band
  • 6/16/2015: Genealogy workshop
  • 4/24 – 26/2015: Franco American Gathering 2015
  • 3/18/2015: Fourteenth Annual Franco-American Day
  • 3/17/2015: Conference: “Francophonie of the Americas”
  • 3/17/2015: A Screening & Discussion of «Un Rêve Américain» (“An American Dream”)
  • 2/17/2015: Mardi Gras Potluck Celebration (See video excerpts and photos.)
  • 1/07/2015: Cathie Pelletier at the Centre
  • 12/12/2014: Holiday Gathering
  • 10/27/2014: Ringuette Collection
  • 10/03/2014: Michaud Reception
  • 5/16-18/2014: Annual Gathering of Writers and Artists, Franco American Centre, Orono, ME
  • 4/25-26/2014: “In and Out of Place: Finding Home in Franco America” : UMHI spring symposium
  • 4/21-23/2014: Film Series
  • 12/13/2013: “Potluck” Holiday Gathering
  • 11/22/2013: FILM: Down by the River’s Edge
  • 11/06/2013: Kristin Langellier: “Memere, Meme, and Me: Grandmothers Storytelling”
  • 10/18/2013: Don Levésque and le Congrès Mondial Acadien
  • 10/12/2013: Josée Vachon Concert
  • 5/17-5/19, 2013: Gathering of Franco American Writers and Artists, Darling Marine Center, Walpole ME
  • 2/12/2013: MARDI GRAS Pot Luck Party
  • 11/29/2012: Kitchen Party at the Franco-American Centre with Cindy Larock and others
  • 11/03/2012: Concert with Josée Vachon
  • 10/24/2012: Book Reading & Signing with Susan Poulin
  • 10/24/2012: Meeting of the Maine State Legislature’s Task Force on Franco-Americans
  • 4/2012: Franco-American Film Series
  • 3/22/2012: Talk and Book Signing with Jacques Poitras
  • 2/21/2012: Mardi Gras Celebration