Join the University of Vermont for a special day dedicated to the French presence in New England. The program includes a continental breakfast and lunch, lectures about the history and the future of French connections with New England, and a special flag raising ceremony in the presence of the Consul General of France in Boston, Valery Freland.

About the panels:

Between 1830 and 1930, close to one million immigrants from Québec poured into Vermont and New England, populating towns and villages, starting new businesses and farms. The influence of these new settlers on the state and region was vast, from politics to culture, to the economy. In many northern schools in Vermont, French was as frequently spoken as English. Today, while the phone book remains heavily dominated by French surnames, this huge influx of population is largely integrated. Yet nearly some 25% of Vermonters trace their ancestry to French Canada.

The conference will look at the past, present and future of these cross-border migrations and relationships.

  • Past: How and why was Vermont and New England populated by so many French Canadians in the 19th-early twentieth centuries? When, how and why did this massive influx assimilate? How were they received?

  • Present: How do cross-border connections with Québec, in tourism and in trade, continue to shape the culture and economy of Northern New England?

  • Future: How does the French-Canadian wave of immigration relate to current immigration trends?  What can we learn from the past as we think about the future?

Registration: $40 (includes breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks and an invitation to the reception). Click here to register.

More information here.

University of Vermont (Davis Center) 590 Main St, Burlington, VT

French Connections: Franconnexions

When
March 20th, 8:00AM-4:30PM
Where
University of Vermont (Davis Center)
590 Main St, Burlington, VT

Join the University of Vermont for a special day dedicated to the French presence in New England. The program includes a continental breakfast and lunch, lectures about the history and the future of French connections with New England, and a special flag raising ceremony in the presence of the Consul General of France in Boston, Valery Freland.

About the panels:

Between 1830 and 1930, close to one million immigrants from Québec poured into Vermont and New England, populating towns and villages, starting new businesses and farms. The influence of these new settlers on the state and region was vast, from politics to culture, to the economy. In many northern schools in Vermont, French was as frequently spoken as English. Today, while the phone book remains heavily dominated by French surnames, this huge influx of population is largely integrated. Yet nearly some 25% of Vermonters trace their ancestry to French Canada.

The conference will look at the past, present and future of these cross-border migrations and relationships.

  • Past: How and why was Vermont and New England populated by so many French Canadians in the 19th-early twentieth centuries? When, how and why did this massive influx assimilate? How were they received?

  • Present: How do cross-border connections with Québec, in tourism and in trade, continue to shape the culture and economy of Northern New England?

  • Future: How does the French-Canadian wave of immigration relate to current immigration trends?  What can we learn from the past as we think about the future?

Registration: $40 (includes breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks and an invitation to the reception). Click here to register.

More information here.

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