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

  • Oct
    6

    Maine International Conference On The Arts

    Performance Hall

    Oct 6 - Oct 6

    5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    2016 - maine Arts CommisionWelcome to the 2016 Maine International Conference on the Arts (MICA) in Lewiston-Auburn, Maine, at the Franco Cultural Center and the Bates Mill. Where the rivers of Creativity, Industry, Art, and Innovation powerfully converge.

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  • Oct
    15

    Franco Center Gala – Songs of the Silver Screen

    Performance Hall

    Oct 15 - Oct 15

    6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Join us for our annual Gala and Concert.  Arrive at 6 p.m. to feast on a selection of dishes from 12 of L/A’s favorite restaurants and enjoy drinks at the bar in Heritage Hall.  After the opening festivities, join other guests in the Performance Hall for “Songs for the Silver Screen”,

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  • Oct
    21

    Jeanne et Osithee – A One-Act Play

    Heritage Hall

    Oct 21 - Oct 21

    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

    coverJeanne et Osithée: Parallèles Croisées
    by Jean-Claude Redonnet & Grégoire Chabot

    According to geometry, parallels never cross.  But in life, things may be different as will be seen when Jeanne, a woman from the French Pyrenees, and Osithee, a Franco-American from northern Maine, meet for a memorable encounter and dialogue between two francophone mothers, wifes of different cultures on both sides of the Atlantic.

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  • Oct
    22

    Midcoast Symphony Orchestra

    Performance Hall

    Oct 22 - Oct 22

    3:22 pm - 3:22 pm
    Piano soloist, Jonathan Bass

    Piano soloist, Jonathan Bass

    For the first concert in their series, the Midcoast Symphony, under the direction of Rohan Smith, will present Franz von Suppé’s  “Light Cavalry Overture”;  Rachmaninoff’s  “Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18″ featuring Jonathan Bass, piano soloist;  and Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68

    For tickets, go to Midcoast Symphony

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  • Oct
    23

    Fiddle-icious

    Performance Hall

    Oct 23 - Oct 23

    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Fiddle-icious Nov 2014 LR

    Join Fiddle-icious, a non-profit, all volunteer community orchestra with members from Kittery to Augusta, as they take to the stage to share their uplifting music. Fiddle-icious is a large and vibrant group of Maine musicians playing fiddle, piano, harp, guitar, banjo,         accordion, cello, tin whistle, concertina and upright bass. Their tunes are passed on from the Irish, Scottish,

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