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The Other Franco-Americans

Third Thursday Lecture Series

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the closure of the University of Vermont campus in response to the spread of COVID-19, we will be canceling the in-person talk and moving it to an online event. Please tune in on our Facebook page to see The Other Franco-Americans: Tracing French-Canadian Settlement in Vermont, 1830-1930  with Patrick Lacroix.

Works of Franco-American history tend to focus on the industrial cities in Boston’s periphery. Whereas Winooski meets a pattern seen elsewhere in New England, Vermont actually attests to the immensely diverse experiences of French-Canadian migrants and their descendants. From the mid-Connecticut River valley to Island Pond, Rutland to St. Johnsbury, migrant Canadians entered a variety of occupations and formed communities overall quite different from the Little Canadas of Fall River, Lowell, and Manchester. This lecture will recognize this diversity, the impact of French-Canadian migrations on select Vermont towns, the ways in which French Vermonters adjusted to their home country, and Anglo-Vermonter reactions to their arrival. From 1830 to the Great Depression, we can trace important elements of continuity that help to explain the state of Vermont French culture (and collective memory) at the dawn of the twenty-first century.

Patrick Lacroix, a native of Quebec, earned his Ph.D. in American history at the University of New Hampshire in 2017. He has taught at UNH, Bishop's University, and Phillips Exeter Academy. Much of his work focuses on the economic and religious lives of Franco-Americans; his research has notably appeared in the Catholic Historical Review, the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, and Quebec Studies.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Vermont. This talk will take place in Waterman Lounge (Waterman Building) on the UVM Campus in Burlington. 

Directions to Waterman Lounge on the UVM Campus

map of UVM campus at Waterman BuildingApproach the UVM campus from Main Street in Burlington. Turn onto South Prospect Street (right if coming from the highway/downhill; left if coming from downtown/uphill). Take your first left onto College Street, and then another immediate left to enter a parking lot with visitor parking available.

Please note: you will need the Parkmobile app in order to park on the UVM campus. To learn more about Parkmobile, please visit UVM’s website: https://www.uvm.edu/transportation/parkmobile-frequently-asked-questions

The Waterman Building itself is on South Prospect Street. Enter the center of the building from South Prospect Street, and proceed directly ahead. The Waterman Lounge is straight ahead through a set of double doors (you will pass an information desk on your right just before you get to the doors).

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