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

  • Aug
    2

    The Annual Bates Musicians' Concert

    Performance Hall

    Aug 2 - Aug 2

    7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Bates Dance Festival annual Musicians Concert in the Franco-American Heritage Center.  Thoughtful, playful and profound music takes center stage when these extraordinary composers, known for their collaborations with dancers, perform a program of original and improvised works that blend musical styles from around the globe. The evening features multi-instrumentalists Jesse Manno, Terrence Karn, and Shamou whose collective musical repertory spans Africa, Asia and the Middle East; composers and pianists, Peter Jones, Mike Vargas and Carl Landa; electronic music wizard Albert Mathias; and violin prodigy Rob Flax.

    Bates Dance Festival annual Musicians Concert in the Franco-American Heritage Center.
    Thoughtful, playful and profound music takes center stage when these extraordinary composers, known for their collaborations with dancers, perform a program of original and improvised works that blend musical styles from around the globe. The evening features multi-instrumentalists Jesse Manno, Terrence Karn, and Shamou whose collective musical repertory spans Africa, Asia and the Middle East; composers and pianists, Peter Jones, Mike Vargas and Carl Landa; electronic music wizard Albert Mathias; and violin prodigy Rob Flax.

    The Annual Bates Musicians’ Concert, a global mix of music by eight remarkable composers and players, takes place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the Franco Center, 46 Cedar St., Lewiston. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for students.

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  • Sep
    18

    St. Martin de Porres Benefit Concert

    Performance Hall

    Sep 18 - Sep 18

    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    St. Martin de Porres - ImageSt. Martin de Porres will be celebrating their 25th anniversary with a benefit concert featuring local favorite, “Just Us Entertainers”, and musician/vocalist, Mitch Thomas.  All proceeds will benefit St. Martin de Porres.  For more information, call 786-4690.

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  • Oct
    6

    Maine International Conference On The Arts

    Performance Hall

    Oct 6 - Oct 6

    12:00 am - 11:59 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

    The Franco Center's "The Gala"

    Performance Hall

    Oct 15 - Oct 15

    6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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    Join the Franco Center for ‘The Gala’ and celebrate this magnificent performance center.

     

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  • Nov
    18

    The Medieval Feast

    Heritage Hall

    Nov 18 - Nov 18

    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Castle & KnightImagine yourself in the center of a medieval courtyard, awaiting the glorious arrival of the King and Queen.  You’ll join the King, knights, minstrels, and wenches in the Great Hall, filled with magic, color, entertainment and a menu without utensils!

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