Franco-American Genealogy Society Meets in Auburn

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The Maine Franco-American Genealogical Society plans to hold its spring general meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 30 at the Auburn Public Library, 49 Spring St., Auburn.

A brief business meeting will be followed by refreshments and a presentation by guest speaker Anna Faherty from 11 a.m. to noon, according to a company press release.

Faherty, archivist of the Franco-American Collection at the University of Maine du Sud (Lewiston-Auburn College), will present his work and the physical and digital resources available in the collection.

She will provide illustrations and talk about the items in the collection, which vary in format from photos and scrapbooks to letters and clothing. It will include the various themes and subjects represented in the collection, such as snowshoeing, school, French language and newspapers, and religion.

Faherty will explain how to access both the Franco Collection’s podcast, “Franco-American Pathways,” and the Franco-American Digital Archive, an online database created by several Franco-American cultural heritage institutions.

Faherty graduated from Simmons University with a dual master’s degree in history and records management. Prior to working at the Franco-American Collection, she worked at Fort Ticonderoga, an 18th-century military site integral to the French and Indian Wars (also known as the Seven Years’ War) and the American Revolution. His historical journey focuses on work and immigration to the United States from the 19th to the beginning of the 20th century.

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For more information on parking, visit auburnpubliclibrary.org. For more information about the meeting, contact Maine Franco-American Genealogy Society Board Member Ann Nadeau at 207-212-7177 or [email protected].

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