UMFK’s Acadian Archives to hold open house

FORT KENT, Maine – The Acadian Archives at the University of Maine at Fort Kent is pleased to announce that on Friday, May 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., they will be holding a special, daylong meet-and-greet event.

Tailored to community members who have yet to discover the Archives or who have not visited in a long time, this event will be an opportunity to meet the staff, (re)discover the institution’s resources, and learn about activities and events.

“We’re extremely privileged to serve as custodians of the rich recorded history of French-heritage peoples in the Upper St. John River,” said Dr. Patrick Lacroix, director of the Acadian Archives acadiennes. “We are always happy to share our passion and our resources and to enhance the visibility of Acadian culture.”

Although this tour of archival collections will not focus solely on genealogy, it will provide visitors who have an interest in family history with a glimpse of available resources. Special, seldom-seen artifacts will be on display, including woodcarvings and nineteenth-century maps.

Archives staff are also planning virtual information sessions for researchers who want to make the most of the institution’s extensive collections from afar. For more information on the Acadian Archives, please go to or call 207-834-7535.

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