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The Francophone Communities of New England

  • Happy Hollow Country Club 1701 South 105th Street Omaha, NE, 68124 United States (map)

The Francophone Communities of New England - “Growing up Speaking French”

A Panel Discussion with:
Michael James, Sr. Aline Paris, Bernie Duhaime and Tom Coffey, Moderator

Our four panelists grew up in areas of New England where French was spoken in homes, schools and churches.  They are descendants of the French-Canadians who had moved either directly or via New York State to New England to work in the various industries that flourished in the late 19th and early 20th Century in that region. They brought their language and culture with them and were supported in large part by the French-speaking churches that fostered not only religious but social and educational institutions.  While a half century ago the French-Canadian presence was evident throughout the New England area, it is now active primarily in Maine.

Thomas F. Coffey, Ph.D. —
Professor of French, German and Spanish, Creighton University

Bernard Duhaime —Treasurer of American Friends of Musée d’Orsay, President of La Renaissance Française, and AFO Education Chair

Michael F. JamesProfessor and Chair in the Dept. of Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design, UNL

Aline Paris, RSM, D.Min. — Professor of Theology, College of St. Mary, and AFO Secretary

Happy Hollow Club - Wimbledon & Masters Room

11:00 am-   Registration and French Conversation

11:45 am-  Scholarship Awards Ceremony

12:00 pm -  Lunch followed by Panel Discussion


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3 - DUET OF MINI QUICHES - Quiche Lorraine, Roasted Vegetable Quiche, Red Bell Pepper Coulis, Baby Lettuces

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