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.



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

  • Jun

    Bob Marley

    Performance Hall

    Jun 3 - Jun 3

    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    BobMarley_PromoShotBob Marley is one of the hottest and most sought-after comedians in the country. He has been featured in his own special on Comedy Central and is one of the few comics to do the complete late-night TV circuit: “Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “The Late Late Show” with Craig Ferguson and Craig Kilborn. Pre-show reception at 6:30 p.m.

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  • Jun

    Just Us

    Performance Hall

    Jun 12 - Jun 13

    2:00 pm - 12:00 pm
    Just Us Entertainers

    Just Us Entertainers

    The “Just Us” Entertainers will be presenting their 16th annual summer benefit concert at the Center. The group first performed at the Center in the summer of 2000 to raise funds for the then Festival de Joie.

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  • Jun

    La Rencontre

    Heritage Hall

    Jun 16 - Jun 16

    11:30 am - 1:30 pm

    RogerThe cost of the meal and the programs is $10 per person.  The doors open at 10 a.m.   Guests may contact the Center office for reservations at 783.1585.  E-mail reservations may be sent to boxoffice@francocenter.org.  La Rencontre is in no way 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.

    Following the meal, Roger Renaud, a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, will provide the entertainment.


    The magnificent Gendron Franco Center is handicap accessible and is located on the corner of Cedar and Oxford Streets in the “Little Canada” section of Lewiston, just across the bridge from New Auburn.

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