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January 14, 2008


The French Heritage Council of the University of Maine at Fort Kent is pleased to announce a cultural/historical outing to the Musée culturel du Mont-Carmel in Lille, Maine on Saturday, February 9. 

The outing to Lille is the first in a series of cultural/historic outings scheduled to be offered by the Council in its "Discover the Treasures of the St. John Valley / Découvrir les trésors de la Vallée St. Jean" series. 

The outing to Lille is scheduled to depart from the UMFK campus at 10 a.m.  The cost for the outing is $5 per person, and includes transportation, a tour of the musée, and lunch at Café de la Place in Madawaska.  The outing is open to the students, faculty and staff at UMFK, and to members of the community, as well. 

The Musée culturel du Mont-Carmel is a restored, former Catholic church on the National Register of Historic Places.  It currently is used as a museum and cultural center. The musée features two towers with trumpeting angels carved by Louis Jobin, a noted Quebec sculptor, in 1908.  It also contains a large collection of Acadian artifacts.  For further information on the musée, please log onto the National Park Service site: 

Reservations for the outing are being accepted through Wednesday, January 30 by e-mailing UMFK French Professor, Katharine Harrington, at, or by phone at 207-834-7629. 

The French Heritage Council will offer a series of outings throughout 2008 that aim to bring members of the UMFK community out to visit cultural/historical sites here in the St. John Valley, and beyond, which they may not otherwise think of visiting on their own.  The Council plans to offer two outings each semester.    

The Council is considering future outings to a Sucrerie in Quebec, and in the warmer months, it hopes to visit the Fort du Petit-Sault in Edmundston.