Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Kennebec-Chaudière Corridor: A Cultural Heritage Tour October 5-8, 2007

Join the Maine Humanities Council off the beaten path as we travel by chartered bus through deep woods and along river roads, from the Beauce Region of Québec to Bath, Maine, along the Chaudière and Kennebec Rivers. These rivers were used for centuries by Native Americans to travel between the St. Lawrence River and the Gulf of Maine. In the 17th century, the Kennebec was a border between the French and English, and then a contested thoroughfare. During the American Revolution, Benedict Arnold led American soldiers up the corridor in an unsuccessful attempt to take Québec. In the 19th century, Maine farmers seeking markets for their products established the Old Canada Road along the rivers and, later, thousands of French Canadians and Irish traveled south to find work in Maine’s woods, mills and shoe factories.

Explore the history, landscape, and folklore of the communities of the corridor, from Saint-Georges and the forested wilderness of Jackman to the tidewaters of Merrymeeting Bay.

Taste the traditional foods of the corridor: French Canadian, Logging Camp, Franco- American, and Lebanese guides.

Call (207) 773-5051 or e-mail info@mainehumanities.org
A program of the Maine Humanities Council


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