Anne Conway is the director of the Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket, R.I. In that capacity she works tirelessly to promote and interpret the significance of French-Canadian immigration into Woonsocket and the social and economic result of how native Québécois transformed the city and the Blackstone River Valley’s working-class heritage.
Anne strives behind the scenes and on the public stage to share the story of French-Canadian history and culture. But more than that, she uses the stories of French-Canadian immigration and industrial work as a lens through which people can see their own heritage and history. She is proud of her own French-Canadian heritage and its shines through her work.
Anne’s many accomplishments, projects and activities over the years are too numerous to mention here. But some highlights include:
- Coordinating the efforts to include the city of Woonsocket as a member of the Francophone/Francophile network in the United States and Canada
- Establishing and maintaining relationships with members of the French and Canadian consulates
- Scheduling quarterly French film festivals and cultural activities at the Museum of Work and Culture
- Providing the leadership and organizational skills to implement the Mill Project and Mill Memory Bank, assisting visitors in understanding the role of mills in supporting French-Canadian families during the late 19th and early 20th centuries