LEWISTON — The Franco-American Collection at the University of Southern Maine, Lewiston-Auburn College plans this month to present Open Collections Night.

The gathering runs from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, at 51 Westminster St.

This event is a chance to explore the collections. Small group tours of the space will be led by staff and board members. Tours will begin every 15 minutes, with the last tour starting at 6:45 p.m.

Those who attend can see the Franco-American Collection through archival materials, explore the space, and learn about the outreach programming from the source, according to a news release from archivist Anna Faherty.

They also will have a chance to view the new Gloriane Perrier Kayak exhibit, now up at the Lewiston-Auburn College campus library. Perrier was a local Franco-American, born and raised in Lewiston, and a multi-sport athlete throughout her lifetime. The exhibit features the Olympic kayak used by Perrier and Francine Fox in the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, where they won the silver medal in Women’s Tandem Kayaking — the first time women competed in the tandem competition.

Also included are photos of Perrier and other information regarding her journey into the world of Olympic sports.


This program is made available, at no cost to the public, by the Franco-American Collection at USM with sponsorship from la Délégation de Québec in Boston, and Androscoggin Home Health.

For more information or to register, contact Faherty at anna.faherty@maine.edu or 207-753-6545.

Those who have questions about disability access or need to request disability accommodations (such as sign language interpreters and materials in electronic format), can contact Faherty. Requests should be made as soon as possible to allow sufficient time for the accommodation process.



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