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Juliana L'Heureux

About Juliana L'Heureux

Juliana L’Heureux is a free lance writer who publishes news, blogs and articles about Franco-Americans and the French culture. She has written about the culture in weekly and bi-weekly articles, for the past 27 years.

Items in the Franco-American Collection – Who received the Bronze Star?

Bronze Star and Military Chaplain medal at the USM LAC FAC in Lewiston.

Tours of the Franco-American Collection are encouraged!  Please call the phone number at the end of this blog for appointments. LEWISTON, Maine  – As a Board member of the Franco-American Collection, located at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College, one of the special moments I enjoy are when people request to tour of […]

Androscoggin Swinging Bridge – Franco-American mill workers history

Gusts visiting the Androscoggin River Swinging Bridge

BRUNSWICK, Maine –  A lovely pedestrian bridge spanning the Androscoggin River between Brunswick and Topsham is a place to visit at almost any time of year, but especially with Maine’s summer guests. It provides visitors with a scenic view of the river and the location is easy to find along Route 1, thru Brunswick. My […]

French-American query about the Huguenots

Huguenot massacre

A nice email letter came from a reader asking about the Huguenots. Her query gave me the opportunity to provide some context around the subject of “who is a Franco-American”?  Typically, Franco-Americans are often identified as only the ancestors of the people who settled in New France, during the 17th and 18th centuries. I’ve discussed […]

Bienvenue! Haitian students learn about Franco-Americans

Haitian students sponsored by CIEE

LEWISTON, Me– Maine’s French heritage, language and immigrant history was showcased on Thursday, July 18, when high school students from Haiti visited Lewiston, to learn about the city’s Franco-Americans. Sixteen high school students from Haiti and two advisers were guests at the Franco-American Collection (The Collection), located in the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn […]

Bringing Lourdes Home- a pilgrim’s story

The Basilica of the Rosary in Lourdes France

Goose River Press Anthology 2018, edited by Deb Benner, published my pilgrim’s essay. It’s an honor to have an essay included with the many talented writers and poets who contributed to the anthology. “Bringing Lourdes Home” describes events that happened during a 2001, journey my husband and I made, when we visited the beautiful Lourdes […]

New Auburn Maine history and the St. Louis Church bells

In celebrating the City of Auburn’s 150th anniversary, the community is preparing to include the beautiful St. Louis bells in a lovely city monument. The four historic Paccard Foundry bells, made in France in 1915, will be central to a municipal tower memorial to honor the community’s Franco-American heritage. I want to thank Gerard Dennison […]

Samuel de Champlain history in the USM Osher Map Library

Doris Bonneau and Andrea Quaid at USM Osher Map with Les Voyages

PORTLAND- A special tour of the Osher Map Library at the University of Southern Maine gave the Franco-American Collection’s Board, and friends an opportunity to learn about Samuel de Champlain’s artistic cartography and his writings. A value added surprise was when those of us on the tour learned about the Osher’s copy of Les Voyages, […]

Le Grand Dérangement- debate about the great Acadian upheaval

Two Acadian historical references

NEW BRUNSWICK, Canada–  Although historians can disagree about who initiated the original order to deport the Acadians during the 1755, le grand dérangement, the fact is, the French settlements in Nova Scotia had precedence over the English, who forcibly evacuated them. It was a time of terrible turmoil that causes the history of the incident […]

Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in history, poetry and cultural tourism

Le Messager donated by Lewiston native Donat Veilleux

LEWISTON, Me-  It’s typical for coincidences to occur in triplicate. This memorable trifecta cliché came to mind, when a cluster of serendipitous occurrences raised my awareness about how Lewiston’s beautiful Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul has contributed to Franco-American heritage. As a matter of fact, the Basilica’s history has hosted thousands of generational transitions […]