LEWISTON – Michel Courchesne, eighth-grade French teacher at Lewiston Middle School, will be the guest speaker of the Saints Peter and Paul Society following the 8 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, breakfast meeting in the Dominican Conference Room.

Courchesne will present three videos on Franco-American life filmed and edited by his students since 2001. A short documentary created by the students is included in each of the three films.

Six years ago, Courchesne teamed up with Festival de Joie Director Lionel Guay to find a way to preserve the histories of Lewiston-Auburn’s Franco-American families. Oral and written history projects were conducted and some 400 stories are archived at the Franco-American Heritage Center at St. Mary’s.

Courchesne will explain the research procedures and production techniques used by his students to create the videos, dealing with “Le Petit Canada,” the Bates Mill and St. Mary’s Church. The French choir from Saints Peter and Paul Church provided background music for the St. Mary’s video.

All three films were honored in the Maine Student Film and Video Festival in 2001, 2003 and 2004.


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