FRENCH CANADIAN HERITAGE WEEK
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
SEPTEMBER 29-OCTOBER 5, 2014
TO BE UPDATED AS MORE EVENTS ARE KNOWN
Wednesday, October 1, 7 p.m. Finnish American Heritage Center
DANCE: Dance to the music of the The Thimbleberry Band (Libby Meyer on fiddle; Anna Gawboy on concertina; Oren Tikkanen on guitar, banjo and vocals; Matt Durocher on bass; and David Bezotte on accordion and vocals) playing a variety of French-Canadian fiddle tunes and songs. Join in contra dancing called by Colin Hoekje (beginners welcome), learn a French-Canadian folk dance, and enjoy waltzes, a lively French schottische and other favorites. Admission is $6 per person.
Thursday October 2, 7p.m. Chassell Heritage Center
MUSIC: In downtown Chassell, go west on 2nd St. to enjoy French-Canadian folk and response songs led by Maple Sugar Folk and lively fiddle tunes and step dancing by Carrie, Emma and Susan Dlutkowski. Doors open at 6 p.m., so come early to view the exhibits, including our exhibit on local French-Canadian settlement. Free admission – donations appreciated.
ST. IGNACE: Fort de Buade
Speaker and luncheon at Fort de Baude sponsored by Michilimackinac Historical Society’s Fort de Buade Museum, Gift Shop, Gallery & St. Ignace Heritage Center. Follow this link for more information.
Marquette events will take place on October 3 and 4, and are sponsored by the Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University, Marquette Regional History Center, Peter White Public Library, and the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Division.
Friday, October 3, 7p.m. Peter White Public Library
FILM: “The Rocket: The Legend of Rocket Richard” The showing of this film is part of CineArts Films, sponsored by the Friends & Carroll Paul Memorial Trust Fund of the Peter White Public Library. Admission is free. This film tells the story of Quebec’s most famous hockey player, Maurice “The Rocket” Richard, focusing on the struggles of the French Canadian in the National Hockey League dominated by Anglophones. Richard exceeded the expectations of what an individual was capable of offensively in hockey, the first to score 50 goals in 50 games. He also became a symbol of French Canadian independence in Quebec and Canada throughout his lifetime.
Saturday, October 4, 11a.m. through 2p.m. Marquette Regional History Center
VOYAGEUR PROGRAM: Throughout the day, there will be an interactive voyageur program in the History Center’s museum gallery, featuring hands on activities and presentations by the Museum’s voyageur interpreters.
LECTURES: In the History Center lobby, there will be presentations of the logging culture of Michigan by interpreter Rob Burg at 11a.m. and 1p.m. Burg is the former museum manager of the Logging Museum at Hartwick Pines State Park and conducts interpretive programs on the history of logging throughout the State of Michigan.
GENEALOGY: There will be a Genealogy Open House in the J.M. Longyear Research Library upstairs at the History Center.
WALKING TOUR: There will be a French Canadian Walking Tour of Marquette starting at 1p.m. This walking tour will show some of the significant historic sites, buildings and homes related to the French Canadian citizens of Marquette. The tour will be led by members of the French Canadian Heritage Group of Marquette.
Admission will be $5 for adults and $2 for children.
MONROE: Monroe County Historical Museums
Week of September 29-October 5
EXHIBIT: During French-Canadian Heritage Week we will have an additional mini-exhibit of French-Canadian clothing and cultural traditions to augment our long-term exhibits already in place.
Thursday, October 2, 7p.m.
MUSIC/STORYTELLING: Come hear local group Trois Bouffons at 7pm at the Monroe County Historical Museum, 126 South Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan 48161. For more information 734.240.7780 or HistoricMonroeCounty.org. Both the exhibit and concert are open to the public and admission is free.
Friday, October 3, 7p.m.
FILM: Join the MCHM as we host the Quebec Government Office in Chicago. On Friday evening we will be screening Un rêve américain (An American Dream). In An American Dream, viewers join French-Canadian musician Damien Robitaille as he travels from New York to Los Angeles and discovers the numerous Franco-American communities in the United States. The film is in French with English subtitles and lasts about an hour and a half.
Program begins at 7 pm. Free and open to the public; no reservations required.
MT. CLEMENS: Mount Clemens Public Library
Saturday, October 4, 2014 – 11 a.m.
PUBLIC LECTURE: Professor Guillaume Teasdale “Anciens Français et Bois-brûlés: Tocqueville and the Vestiges of New France in Michigan.” Potluck with French-Canadian food. Sponsored by the French Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan.
DETROIT: The Detroit Historical Museum
Friday, October 3, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Suzanne Boivin Sommerville and Diane Wolford Sheppard – “joie de vivre” – French-Canadian heritage, traditions, and culture.
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. French-Canadian music and dance with Genot Picor and the Trois Bouffons, and Sheila Graziano.
The Museum is located at 5401 Woodward Avenue, Detroit (north of the main branch of the Detroit Public Library and northwest of the Detroit Institute of Arts).
French-Canadian Heritage Day
Thursday, October 3, 2014 6 p.m.
Come and learn about the contribution of French People to Minnesota and the impact of their cultural heritage. The Alliance Française and the French-American Heritage Foundation of Minnesota co-present this celebration of French and French-Canadian culture. This event will be held at the Grand Salle in the Alliance Française corporate office located at 113 N First St., Mpls MN 55401.
Feature photo: Cornelius Krieghoff, la violoneux