Our Immigration Mural

Tribute to the Land of Our Forefathers

In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Maine welcomed thousands of people from Quebec, immigrants to our cities and towns. We pay tribute to this land of our ancestors. The Franco-Americans of Maine still pledge their loyalty to the ancestral values brought to the United States by these pioneers.

 

Background:

This mural, featured in our main stairwell connecting our Performance Hall and Heritage Hall, was done by Joyce Coyne, Rita Perreault, and Annette Bourque. The work depicts the immigration process of Canadians coming to New England, mostly from Quebec and New Brunswick. The train track represents the original train leading from Quebec to Lewiston directly to Lewiston’s train depot, which still stands today. Though many came by train, many others came by horse and buggy, or cars. The bridge that is depicted on the mural is the one used by the New Brunswick immigrants and is still in existence.

Upcoming Performances

  • Jan
    20

    Piano Concert with Christopher Staknys

    Performance Hall

    Jan 20 - Jan 20

    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Chris Staknys2014 Falmouth High School graduate Christopher Staknys seems to have been born with a keyboard in his hands.  He participated in the New England Conservatory’s preparatory program while in high school and now completes his 3rd year of study at the Juilliard School in New York City.

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  • Feb
    9

    La Rencontre

    Heritage Hall

    Feb 9 - Feb 10

    11:30 pm - 1:30 pm

    troubadours-augusta-1La Rencontre is not restricted to French-speakers or even those of Franco descent. All are welcome to attend this fun monthly meal and event, as long as spots remain open.

    The cost of the meal and the programs is $10 per person (2017 Season passes — all 12 events,

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  • Feb
    11

    F.A.B. Dance Showcase

    Feb 11 - Feb 11

    7:30 pm - 9:22 pm

    PrintF.A.B. (Franco and Bates) represents an ongoing effort to provide opportunities for regional dance artists to present dance works in central Maine, as well as an opportunity for local audiences to have access to contemporary dance works.

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  • Feb
    25

    Bandstand to Billboard

    Performance Hall

    Feb 25 - Feb 25

    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Graphic with Text - Bandstand to Billboard 2-25-17Join us and rock out to some of your favorite 60’s and 70’s hits when the cast returns for “Bandstand to Billboard: Off the Record”.  Vocalists include Eileen Messina, Michael Litchfield, Gerry Therrien, Duane Glover, Renee Davis and Sophie Messina.

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  • Feb
    28

    Mardi Gras in L/A

    Heritage Hall

    Feb 28 - Feb 28

    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    mardi-gras
    The Franco Center will produce another unique, festive and must-experience event with “Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday)”. In the great tradition of those legendary New Orleans celebrations, our Mardi Gras audience will be treated to the sounds of the Big Easy,

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