Planning a  public event for French Canadian Heritage Day? Let us know and we can help you spread the word. The following events have been scheduled as part of French Canadian Heritage Day in St. Ignace, Marquette, Monroe, and Detroit.


Mich Her Soc Luncheon posterThe St. Ignace Heritage Center will be having a fundraiser in celebration of the first French Canadian Day on Friday, October 4th at noon at Fort de Buade! Tickets are $10 each. The menu includes Chicken and Glissants, Pea Soup, Fry Bread and Pumpkin Pudding. A limited number of artisan bowls made by Leon Ruder will also be available for $10 each. Following the luncheon, Keith Massaway will speak on the influence of the French Canadians in the area. Get your ticket at the Heritage Center or at the door. We hope to see you there for this festive event! For information and directions, see the website of Fort de Buade.


The Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University and the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center are collaborating on a series of events over two days to commemorate both French Canadian culture in the region and the study of family history.

*On Thursday October 3 at 7p.m., the Beaumier Center will be presenting a concert by the Quebecois folk group Mil, at the Reynolds Recital Hall on the campus of NMU.  The event is free to the public.

*On Friday October 4, Mil will be conducting workshops at local schools in Marquette.

*On Friday evening October 4, there will be two events:

At 6p.m., the Beaumier Center and City of Marquette Arts & Culture Center will  be hosting a French Canadian family history event and folk dance.  The family history event will begin at 6p.m. in the Arts & Culture Center in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library.  This event is open to the entire public, but people of French Canadian heritage are encouraged to bring family photo albums and genealogical information to share with others at the event.  There will also be French Canadian food items to enjoy.

At 7:30p.m., folk dancing will begin with music provided by Mil with caller Dan Gorno. The event is free to the public but a suggested donation of $5 for adults  and $1 for students is appreciated.

For more information contact: the Beaumier Heritage Center  or The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Department.

About MIL: Mil’s line-up consists of Claude Méthé (fiddle, vocals, tenor guitar, mandolin), Dana Whittle (guitar, vocals, accordion, harmonica, foot percussion), Denise Levac (flute, whistle, vocals). Mostly-original and occasionally-recycled traditional songs and music from Québec featuring Claude Méthé, one of the province’s most-respected fiddlers and singers, flutist/whistle-player, Denise Levac, and “Amériquoise” Dana Whittle on vocals and accompaniment. Crunchy vocal texture, edible harmonies, spicy arrangements, highly danceable compositions, hefty rhythm and tasty playing with true Québécois style and a lovely dash of modernity.

Mil is a fraction of a unit of measure, a tiny seed growing in the rich soil of Québec and North American folk traditions. An offshoot of trad-folk group Dentdelion, this “parenté” has already produced a bountiful musical harvest with the help of their progeny (Béatrix Méthé and Colin Savoie-Levac, whom they continue to perform with), but with the birds frequently away from the nest at school or off with their own bands, the older generation has decided to sprout on their own (does this make Mil “genetically modified”?). The name is also a clear reference to the sheer quantity of music these three are capable of generating – Claude alone composes at least a tune per week! Dana, a song-factory herself, and Denise, a gifted composer in her own right, struggle to keep up with his output. Mil dishes up a melodic treat, with a unique flavour, proudly made in Québec from domestic and imported ingredients.


Please join us for a conference on French Canadian Heritage in the US to mark October as French-Canadian Heritage Month in Michigan
French Canadian Heritage in the U.S. :

“So many stories to be told…”

Thursday, October 3, 2013
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monroe County Historical Museum
126 S Monroe St Monroe, MI 48161

Friday, October 4, 2013
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Detroit Historical Society
Booth Auditorium 5401 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48202

Complimentary admission to both events

Dr. Dean Louder is American by birth and Québécois by adoption. Dean Louder was professor of geography for thirty-two years (1971-2003) at Laval University in Quebec City. He is currently retired but, as evidenced by his blog, “Carnet d’un vagabond instruit”, located on the website of his publisher, (www.septentrion.qc.ca), continues to pursue his quest within the context of French America. In addition to numerous articles on the French experience in America published in scholarly and popular reviews, he has, with colleagues, produced several other major works including The Heart of French Canada: from Ottawa to Quebec City (Rutgers University Press, 1992) and French America: Mobility, Identity and Minority Experience across the Continent (LSU Press, 1992).

In 1997, Louder was received as a member of L’Ordre des francophones d’Amérique by the Conseil de la langue française for his exceptional contribution to the spread and understanding of French culture in North America.

By relating his own story which took him from the U.S. to Canada/Québec, Dr. Louder will highlight the French Canadian experience in the United States, based upon his travels to a multiplicity of culturally diverse Franco communities which owe their existence, in part, to Canada/Québec. The conference is based largely upon his recently published book, Voyages et rencontres en Franco-Amérique (Québec: Éditions du Septentrion, 2013).

For more information please contact Kheira Issaoui-Mansouri at Kheira.issaoui-mansouri@mri.gouv.qc.ca or 312-590-2062


Discover Monroe County’s French-Canadian Heritage during Michigan’s first French Canadian Heritage Day. The Monroe County Historical Museum will be open for free and have a variety of activities. Visitors can see an exhibit of traditional clothing with try-ons for children, learn about culinary traditions and receive recipes to take home, find out about the role of the Fur Trade and guess the furs at the Fur Pelt Petting Zoo, and use old maps to find the locations of Monroe County’s French-Canadian settlements and learn about their unique ribbon farms. Visitors can also take a trip to the museum’s second floor and drop in at the Genealogical Society of Monroe County‘s offices and learn how to discover their French-Canadian heritage. For more information, contact the Monroe County Historical Museum.

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