The Franco-American Collection at the University of Southern Maine has been preserving and promoting the culture and history of Maine’s Franco-Americans for nearly 52 years. A celebration will be held in honor of this anniversary at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28, in the Atrium Gallery at USM in Lewiston.

The celebration will serve as the opening reception of the anniversary exhibit: “50 Years of the Franco-American Collection,” co-curated by USM staff and members of our community board. The exhibit will be on view until mid-May.

Current and former members of the Franco-American Collection staff and board will be recognized, as will our members – highlighting those who contributed to our 50th anniversary membership drive this year. Interim board chair and former staff member James Myall will give remarks on the history of the Collection, and USM Provost Dr. Georita Frierson will speak about the importance of living archival collections to the university and wider community in Lewiston-Auburn and Maine.

The reception will feature with appetizers, drinks and a bar

The Atrium Gallery at USM is located at 51 Westminster St., in Lewiston. For more information or to register for this event, contact the FAC archivist, Anna Faherty at or by phone (207) 753-6545. If you have questions about disability access or need to request disability accommodations (e.g. sign language interpreters, materials in electronic format, etc.), please contact Anna. Requests should be made as soon as possible to allow sufficient time for the accommodation process.

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