Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 380


Joanne (Charest) Ducharme was born in Lewiston, Maine on May 16, 1942. She grew up in the Lewiston Franco-American community, and her primary education was in parochial schools. As a teenager she worked at shops in downtown Lewiston before working at the Raytheon plant for a time. She lived in Bangor where her husband served in the military, and then returned to the Lewiston area. She is a member of Sur Vivance Francais, a Franco-American cultural group for women.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: Lewiston in the 1950s; Lewiston's parish culture; downtown Lewiston in the early 1960s; decline of downtown Lewiston; service in small shops; Franco interaction in the community; Franco reception in World War II; family gatherings; textile mills; shoe shops in Lewiston; social clubs; discouragement of the French culture in the 1960s; and French language today.

Use Restrictions

Copyright Bates College. This transcript is provided for individual Research Purposes Only; for all other uses, including publication, reproduction and quotation beyond fair use, permission must be obtained in writing from: The Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College, 70 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine 04240-6018.