A French Thanksgiving Off the Coast of Maine

American thanksgivings are characterized by slabs of roasted meat, free-flowing liquor and good cheer. This tradition is usually traced to the Pilgrim Fathers, and a feast they shared with the local Indians at Plymouth (Massachusetts) in 1621. However, it’s now widely accepted that there are many other possible origins for the tradition of Thanksgiving, including Spanish celebrations […]

Cleveland Ball Team Named for Two Legendery French-Heritage Players

Chicago Cubs fans are celebrating the end of their teams’ long World Series championship drought, following their win over Cleveland in the final game on Wednesday night.  The Cubs’ streak without a World Series win stretches back so far that the last time they won the Series, Cleveland weren’t even known as the Indians.  In […]

Where are the Franco-Americans?

Between 1850 and 1930, something like a million French Canadians left Canada for the United States.  Today, their descendants number almost 10,000,000.  But where did they go?  Which parts of the US have the most people of French-Canadian descent? We can go some way to answering those questions by using data published annually by the […]

The Acadians of York County – Few but not Forgotten

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A threat to security; a liability on the public purse; unwanted and unwelcome.  Those sentiments have been applied to today’s refugees, especially this election cycle – but they were also the feelings of many New Englanders to the thousands of Acadians who found themselves placed in towns across Massachusetts (including the District of Maine) in […]