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Rachel Charette centennial dress, cap, and purse

Identifier: MCC-00497

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of one long sleeve dress with one small head covering (cap called a câline), and a drawstring purse, handmade for the Fort Kent 100th Anniversary in 1969. These items are made of cotton print with small yellow flowers and orange leaves on white background.

The cap, called a câline, is open on the back of the head for a woman to put her knotted hair through. The front opening has lace around and a ribbon to tie the cap under the chin and a ribbon in the back that ties at the nape.

The maxi long sleeve dress, made for a young girl, has a white front bib with ten brown buttons going down. The white bib’s contour has laced. The dress has long sleeves with white cuffs that attaches with two brown buttons and some lace around the wrists.

The inside container for the drawstring purse is a white plastic receptacle covered with the same cotton print material as the dress and cap. The plastic container measures about 11.5cm in diameter and 7.5 cm tall. The cotton covering the container is about 20 cm tall and has white lace around the middle and a drawstring at the top.


  • Creation: 1969-00-00
  • Other: 2009-06-00

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions on access.


Copyright has been assigned to the Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes


In 1969, the town of Fort Kent, Maine celebrated their 100th Anniversary with an exceptional array of events and processions. Groups of people, such as Les Colonnes, The Acadian Teens, Rip Van Whiskers, Mountain Dew Boys, Poche D’Our Vikings, La Bourgoisie feminine, School Marms, Bucket Brigade, to name a few, were formed to participate in diverse competitions.

The celebrations lasted from June 28 through July 5, 1969. Daily program of events included official opening ceremonies, Kangaroo Kourt, horse show, religious ceremonies, concerts, sports tournaments, firework display, class reunions, Bar-B-Qs, parades, pageants, and more. Costumes were fashioned by participants and worn during events and processions to characterize the styles and allures that those yesteryears represented.


0.5 Cubic Feet (1 large box)

Language of Materials

No linguistic content; Not applicable

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Material was brought in by Rachel Charette in June of 2009

Related Materials

Fort Kent Centennial 1869-1969

Anne Chamberland
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Repository Details

Part of the Acadian Archives Repository

University of Maine at Fort Kent
23 University Drive
Fort Kent ME 04743 United States