All posts by Juliana L'Heureux

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 30 years.

Memorial Day special focus: A World War II veteran oral history

USS Panamint AGC-13

During a recorded interview with my Franco-American brother in law, William L’Heureux, on September 11, 2022, he described his dangerous experiences serving with the U.S. Navy in the World War II Pacific invasion of Okinawa. William P. L’Heureux celebrated his 97th birthday in May 2023. He was born in Sanford Maine and currently lives in […]

Maine Franco-Americans will miss the talented Michael Parent

Michael Parent and Susan Pelletier

Michael Gerard Parent obituary Michael Gerard Parent: April 27, 1946 – May 5, 2023 Franco-Americans enjoyed a wonderful entertainer when Michael Parent performed his original stories and songs. I enjoyed knowing him through his participation with Franco-American writers and the University of Maine’s Franco-American Centre, in Orono. Michael’s obituary is a tribute to his life and creative […]

Loving obituary for Rosaire Paradis

Ross Paradis

Franco-Americans extend deepest sympathies to the family of Rosaire Paradis and to his widow Judy Ayotte Paradis. Both Judy and “Ross” have been wonderful advocates for the Franco-American articles published in my columns and blogs over the past 30 years and I have been grateful for their support. When I visited Aroostook County, Judy welcomed […]

Black Robe on the Kennebec

Mary Calvert

Some books just never get old, like “Black Robe on the Kennebec”, because the biography reminds us about how colonial era French Jesuit missionaries suffered to the death while serving with the Native Americans. Whenever I hear some people refer to these religious men as being responsible for contributing to suppression of Native American culture […]

Growing Up French – A Collection of Franco-American Interviews

Marie Proulx-Meder author

Enjoy the spectrum of first person Franco-American experiences published in a memorable and beautifully printed book. A series of autobiographical stories in one high quality volume describes how growing up French impacted first generation families whose heritages are rooted in French Canada. The contributors express their joys, challenges, faith, education, military history, achievements and more […]

Congratulations to the Franco-American Collaborative

Fleur- du lis

ORONO, Me / LEWISTON,Me – Check out the purpose of the Franco-American “portal”. Funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, will continue to build this access point for finding digital information, with two years of funding support, to accumulate resources about Franco-American for researchers and the public. Franco American Digital Archives/Portail franco-américain (FADA/PFA) is an online portal […]

Harward Center at Bates College hosted film Le Carrefour

Cecile Desjardins Thornton

Blogged with permission from author Darby Ray and Kristen Cloutier. Published on April 16, 2023. Parlez-vous français?  Check the website here  learn more about the film, Le Carrefour (The Intersection). LEWISTON, Maine– In a classic “win-win” community-engaged learning moment, students in Professor Mary Rice-DeFosse’s “French in Maine” course hosted members of the local Franco-American community and […]

Maine Franco-American Genealogical Society meeting April 22 in Auburn

Camden Martin

The Maine Franco-American Genealogy Society will hold the spring meeting on April 22, 2023, at the Auburn Public Library. Saint Dominic Academy teacher Camden Martin will be the guest speaker. AUBURN, Me.- — The Maine Franco-American Genealogical Society (MFGS) will hold its spring meeting at 10 a.m.,on Saturday, April 22, at the Auburn Public Library, […]