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Lewiston, Maine
Preserving the Stories of Maine’s Franco-American Veterans

In 2017, the University Southern Maine embarked upon a program honoring veterans from the large, local Franco-American community and their contributions to twentieth- and twenty-first century wars. Funded with an NEH grant, the series of events included digitization days that encouraged veterans and their families to bring in photographs, documents, and film and audio materials. After digitizing the items, the university invited participants to donate digital copies to its collection for future research. The rich collection of materials—which documented Franco-American contributions in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq—were displayed in a public exhibition. The program additionally included a public discussion in French and English, which was led by two Franco-American veterans and was attended by veterans, school groups, and other community members.

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