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Lewiston, Maine
Preserving the Stories of Maine’s Franco-American Veterans
Franco-American Collection volunteers scan archival materials belonging to veterans and their families. The NEH-funded initiative helped the archive digitize more than 420 items, preserving them for future generations. Image courtesy of the Franco-American Collection.

In 2017, the Franco-American Collection at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College embarked upon a program honoring veterans from the large, local Franco-American community. Funded with an NEH grant, the series of events included a digitization day that encouraged veterans and their families to bring in photographs, documents, and film and audio materials. Participants were invited to donate digital copies of their materials to the Franco-American Collection for future research use.

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