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French Connections : Franconnexions Panel 2: The Present

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A conference highlighting the historical, cultural and economic contributions of French Canadians from Québec into Vermont and New England. 

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. While many of these new immigrants settled closer to the border, others spread throughout Vermont and into New England. 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 some 25% of Vermonters trace their ancestry to French Canada. This conference looks at the past, the present and the future of these cross-border migrations and relationships. Three panels will examine this story.

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


Marianne Bonnard, Director of Public Affairs, New England Delegation of Québec Government in Boston
Ernest Pomerleau, President/CEO, Pomerleau Real Estate, Burlington
Adeline Simenon, Attorney, Paul Frank & Collins, Burlington
Ted Brady, Deputy Secretary, Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
Pierre Chartrand, dance historian, choreographer, founder of Danse Cadence

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