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French Connections : Franconnexions Panel 3: The Future

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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 Future
What does French-Canadian immigration teach us about current immigration trends?
What can we learn from the past as we shape the future?


Chair: David Massell, Director of the Canadian Studies Program, Professor of History, University of Vermont
Mary Rice-Defosse, Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Bates College
Carole Salmon, Professor of French Studies and Culture, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Chris Louras, Mayor of Rutland, Vermont
Jack Jedwab, President of the Association for Canadian Studies and the Canadian Institute for Identities and Migration

Closing Remarks:

Phil Scott, Governor of Vermont
Rita de Santis, Minister for Access to Information and the Reform of Democratic Institutions

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