La Musique Franco-Américaine

Franco-Americans all around Maine may have different tastes in music, but certain melodies connect friends and families. The past and present come together through  Franco-American and French-Canadian folk music and dance. Folkmusic and folkdance originating from the medieval era were brought to New France with the early settlers. These were intermingled with newer songs and … Continue reading La Musique Franco-Américaine

Preserving Culture

Many Franco-American families, as well as many other cultures, share a history of canning. Though the popularity of food preservation and it’s various usages has spread worldwide, to many Franco-Americans it holds a special meaning, as it is a part of their past dating back to its invention in France in the late 1700s. In … Continue reading Preserving Culture

I Will Not Speak French

World War I shook people in many ways, yet certain aspects of the aftermath are seldom talked about. The desire to disaffiliate with our wartime adversaries pushed many people of the United States toward a more nationalistic idea of ‘Americanism.’ It was considered by many that speaking languages other than English was un-American and unpatriotic.  … Continue reading I Will Not Speak French