A group of boys working at a woolen mill in Winooski, Vermont circa 1910. The youngest is 13, the oldest 15. Most Vermont millworkers at the time were French-Canadian. The boy on the far right appears to be relaxing with a cigarette. Courtesy, Library of Congress Lewis Hine collection.
Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont will host an international conference on March 20 highlighting the historical, cultural and economic contributions made by French Canadians from Quebec who migrated to Vermont and New England. The conference, called French Connections/Franconnexions, will take place from 9 am to 3:30 pm in the Davis Center on the UVM campus. Registration is required. Between 1830 and 1930, some 900,000 immigrants from Quebec poured into New England, populating towns and villages and starting new businesses and farms. The influence of these new settlers on the region was vast, from politics to culture, to the economy. Nearly one out of four Vermonters are direct descendants of this international migration.
The focus on the conference will be on the past, present and future of these cross-border migrations and relationships.
Presenters will include:
Christine St-Pierre, Minister of International Relations and la Francophonie, Government of Québec
Leslie Choquette, Director of the French Institute at Assumption College
David Massell, Professor of History and Director, Center for Canadian Studies, University of Vermont
Susan Pinette, Director of the Franco-American Centre, University of Maine
Ernest Pomerleau, French Honorary Consul in Burlington, Pomerleau Real Estate
Carole Salmon, Chair of World Languages and Cultures, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Adeline Simenon, Director, Paul, Frank & Collins
Chris Louras, Mayor, City of Rutland, Vermont
Phil Scott, 82nd Governor, State of Vermont
Mary Rice-DeFosse, Professor of French & Francophone Studies, Bates College
Mark P. Richard, Professor of History and Canadian Studies, SUNY Plattsburgh
A continental breakfast at 8 am will precede the conference. Following the last panel, a special flag raising ceremony and reception will take place in downtown Burlington. Registration is $35, which includes breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks and invitation to the reception. Registration scholarships and student discounts are available.
Source: UVM 3.6.2017. Visit the conference website at www.uvm.edu/~crvt/?