Category Archives: Franco-American News and Culture

Cookbook season! Vieux livres de cuisine

Cuisine generated by members of the Franco-American Genealogical Society

Let’s enjoy reading cookbooks from the past and creating a few traditional recipes! Pandemic cuisine includes rediscovering the recipes published in old cookbooks. My cookbook collection includes “vieux livres de cuisine”.  Yellowed pages in aging books, most of them with broken spiral spines, accumulate like hangers seem to mysteriously grow in my closets. I often […]

Franco-American WWII veteran wrote “The Crucifix”

Deacon Denis Mailhot in The Harvest

A source check, I researched the quote “There are no atheists in a foxhole”, because I wanted to blog about the poem entitled, “The Crucifix”. This inspirational poem was written by the late Private First Class Elisée Dutil (b. 1919, in Maine – d. 1945 in Germany), who was a Franco-American and Lewiston resident. Memories […]

Thomas Costain essay: The Man Who Was Always First

Cavalcade of the North

Published in the Canadian Anthology “Cavalcade of the North”, in 1955, Thomas Costain contributed four short historic essays. Thomas Costain (b. 1885 – d. 1985) wrote the essays about French Canada in a section of the book titled Vignettes of French Canada. This anthology is loaded with the writings from Canadian authors, but the book […]

Essay by Thomas Costain: The Death of the Great Bishop

First Bishop of Quebec

Bishop Laval-the first Roman Catholic bishop of Quebec, appointed when he was 36 years old by Pope Alexander VII. This essay about his death, written by Thomas Costain, describes a period in French colonial history that deserves to be remembered because of how the outcome influenced the French-Canadians at the time and for many years thereafter. Thanks to Mr. Costain […]

A grandmother’s hand written genealogy

Maternal Morin and Martin three generations in the L'Heureux family tree

Bonne fête! On the occasion of my son Paul’s birthday, I am creating this blog. This is a hand written, in beautiful cursive, gift from his Franco-American grandmother. Rose Anna Morin L’Heureux, born in Roxton Falls, PQ, in 1895, gave me a hand written maternal genealogy, many years ago. She lived in the Ridegway neighborhood […]

Picture tour of St. Patrick Church in Newcastle

St. Patrick Church Newcastle and cemetery

Maine is one of the most beautiful places for pandemic sheltering during the brilliant fall foliage season. We can take advantage of “staycation” visits to beautiful and close to home Franco-American historic sites, especially while the warm daily temperatures are cooperative. A day trip destination I recommend for leaf peepers who enjoy fall beauty with […]