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The Other Franco-Americans

Third Thursday Lecture Series

The Other Franco-Americans: Tracing French-Canadian Settlement in Vermont, 1830-1930 - 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. Click here for a map of campus and parking information. Third Thursday programs are free & open to everyone.

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