LEWISTON – The Franco-American Heritage Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of its heritage and the creation of a cultural center and performance hall downtown, has hired John S.D. Glaus as cultural affairs director.

Rita Dube, center executive director, said, “With only two staff people operating this facility and managing all its events and activities, it was evident that in order to keep offering quality programs and do the work professionally, we needed an additional third person on board.”

Glaus was hired a month ago to fill the part-time position. He resides in Rumford with his wife, Prudence Schofield, and their two children. His expertise is in the field of language translation and, in particular, the French language. He has translated numerous articles and publications from English into French and has taught the French and Spanish languages for numerous years.

His formal training was in the restaurant and hotel industry and so, said Dube, “his experience in the hospitality industry will be very beneficial to us, as we have numerous catered gatherings, banquets and receptions and, with his background, he will help facilitate many of the events.”

Glaus has been working on the French re-acquisition classes offered at the center, the French student exchange program, the Franco-American authors’ readings and signings, French lectures on the importance of knowing about heritage, programs for La Semaine de la Francophonie and the 2008 Champlain Quebec celebration.

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