Old Town's French Island, an enclave of Franco-Americans separated from the domi
Old Town's French Island, an enclave of Franco-Americans separated from the dominant Anglo culture by the waters of the Penobscot River, was populated by lumbermen, mill workers and their families. The island has lost much of its population and the grammar school has closed, and many families that spoke French for generations have switched to English. The University of Maine's Franco-American Center and the Maine Folklife Center have embarked on an oral history that is recording the stories of the old-timers, with the Franco-Americans of French Island, the St. John Valley, Lewiston-Auburn and other parts of Maine putting their remembrances down on tape. Details, related article on French Island's Shuffle Inn.
French Americans, French Island -- Old Town
"Old Town's French Island, an enclave of Franco-Americans separated from the domi" (1994). Maine News Index – Portland Press Herald. 14522.
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