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April 28-30 - Orono, Maine

The University of Maine will host its sixth annual gathering (or Rassemblement) of Franco-American writers, artists, and creatives, April 28-30, at the Franco American Centre in Orono.

The annual event, organized by UMaine’s Franco American Programs, aims to create a culturally supportive space in which members of the Franco-American creative community can share their work. This year’s gathering includes several anchor events, which are free and open to the public.

On Friday evening, April 28 at 7 p.m., the Franco American Centre will host a screening of “Les Magasins,” a 48-minute documentary that explores the history of small, family-owned grocery stores on Sand Hill, the Franco-American neighborhood in Augusta, Maine. A potluck will precede the screening, followed by a Q&A with the film’s director, Norm Rodrigue.

A screening of “Un Américain: A Portrait of Raymond Luc Levasseur” will take place on Saturday, April 29 at 7 p.m. in Soderberg Hall. This documentary, directed by Montreal-based Pierre Marier, explores the life of Sanford-native Raymond Luc Levasseur who grew up in the shadows of the mills to become radicalized by his tour in Vietnam, a radicalization that brought him to be listed on the FBI Ten Most Wanted List in 1977. The director and Levasseur will be in attendance to introduce the film and participate in a Q&A after the screening.

On Monday, May 1, the annual Rassemblement concludes with a series of genealogical workshops led by George Findlen. The Franco American Centre, in collaboration with the Penobscot County Genealogical Society, will host four free workshops, including Using Standard Histories to Find Elusive Relatives, from 2-3 p.m.; How to Tell if Your French-Canadian Ancestors Include Acadians, from 3:15-4:15 p.m.; Finding What Can’t Be Found: A Case Study in Whole Family Research, from 6-7 p.m.; and Using the 1917 Code of Canon Law to Understand Odd Entries in Catholic Parish Registers, from 7:15-8:15 p.m.

George Findlen is a certified genealogist and lecturer who has published articles on Acadian and French-Canadian families in US and Canadian journals, and he speaks at state, regional, and national venues. Findlen serves on the National Genealogical Society board and on the editorial board of the “NGS Quarterly.”

This Calendar is sponsored by Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter.

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