Maine Historical Society

MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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Acadians in Maine: A Conversation with Lise Pelletier and Tilly Laskey

Recorded June 22, 2020 - Did you know the French established the first permanent European settlement in Maine in 1604? Learn about Acadian history and culture through this talk between MHS Curator Tilly Laskey and Lise Pelletier, Director of the Acadian Archives at University of Maine – Fort Kent about the Acadian community in Maine. What does "Acadian" mean? Why is this history of this community important, especially considering Maine's Bicentennial in 2020? Why were Acadians forcibly removed from Maine during Le Grand Dérangement? What is the relationship between the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem Evangeline and Acadian history and culture? Learn more about the Acadian people, their story, and their culture with this video.

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