Historical Society's New Project
Are you a Dexter resident (or former resident) of Franco-American heritage? You may be interested in a new project being undertaken by the Dexter Historical Society. The society has received a research grant from the University of Maine System, in collaboration with the Maine Humanities Council. This grant program is designed "to gather, document, and preserve information, experiences, and artifacts that illustrate how people of very different racial and ethnic backgrounds have contributed to Maine's rich cultural heritage". The title of the Dexter Historical Society grant project is "Assimilation and Heritage: A Study of Dexter's Families of French-Canadian Descent, 1860-2001". Although the society has many sources of information about the Franco-American community and has been given many artifacts from individuals none of the information or materials have been organized to present a history of the Franco-American experience in Dexter. The project will gather primarily oral history by means of audio and videotaped interviews. Copies of photographs and genealogies are also desired. An important part of the project will be the broad distribution of a questionnaire.
The information gathered will be used in several ways; to create a statistical summation, to create a permanent file at the society for future reference, and to be part of both the display and the publication that will be part of the product of the grant.
Any Dexter resident of Franco-American heritage wishing to take part in the project or obtain a questionnaire may contact Douglas Doyon at 27 Arcadia St., Dexter, 924-6637 or Carol Feurtado at the Dexter Historical Society, P.O. Box 481, Dexter, ME 04930, by phone at 942-5721 or 924-3043, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.