LEWISTON — The Maine Franco-American Genealogical Society will host historian and author Leslie Choquette at its fall general meeting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, in the Auburn Public Library’s Androscoggin Community Room. It’s free and open to the public.

Choquette will provide an overview of the movements of the nearly one million French Canadians who settled in New England between 1830 and 1930, set within the context of French-Canadian migrations generally.

Choquette is professor of history, French studies and director of the French Institute at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts.

She is the author of “Frenchmen into Peasants: Modernity and Tradition in the Peopling of French Canada.” It won the Alfred Heggoy Book Prize from the French Colonial Historical Society in 1998, and was selected as one of the nine best American-authored books on Canada by the International Journal of Canadian Studies at the request of Foreign Affairs Canada in 2005. It was later translated into French.

Choquette received the Prix du Québec from the government of Québec for an outstanding contribution to the field of Québec studies in 2012, and the Paul Ziegler Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship at Assumption College in 2010. She was recently inducted in the American-French Genealogical Society French Canadian Hall of Fame.

The general meeting with election of officers will take place at 10 a.m., followed by raffle drawings.

FMI: www.simplesite.com/MFGSWebsite.


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