AFGS Calendar of Events
Presentations by guest speakers are underwritten through an endowment by the Lefoyer Club and Rhode Island Foundation. Good will offerings are always appreciated so we can continue to provide additional educational and cultural activities.
September 10 1:00 pm Auditorium
Réveil – Waking Up French
A powerful documentary film that explores the struggle for cultural survival among the
French-Canadian, Franco-American communities of New England. The film traces the
French heritage beginning with immigration from the Canadian provinces of Quebec and
Acadia through persecution by Ku Klux Klan and language loss, to cultural renaissance
and heritage preservation.
Presented by Ben Levine, a video artist and documentary film maker
September 10 7:00 pm Auditorium
Reclaiming Your French Language
Presented by Ben Levine
September 16 10:00 am AFGS First Floor Auditorium
Who Were Les Filles a Marier?
Presented by Peter Gagne, author of the book of the same title and The King’s Daughter’s Books.
Peter will hold a book signing session following his presentation.
September 17 1:00-4:00 pm AFGS Franco-American Heritage Center
An opportunity to explore the vast research resources of the AFGS
library and tour the 19,000 square foot AFGS Franco-American Heritage center and the
Veterans Memorial Museum of Rhode Island
September 30 10:00 am AFGS, LeFoyer Room
Things You Should Know When Doing French Canadian Genealogy
Presented by Dennis Boudreau
October 7 10:00 am AFGS, LeFoyer Room
The Silent Presence –The French in New England
Presented by Jeanne Douillard, an independent scholar specializing in the story of the
French in New England.
October 13 7:00 pm
AFGS French Canadian Hall of Fame Induction
7:00 pm Reception LeFoyer Room
8:00 pm Induction, AFGS Auditorium
Class of 2017:
Daniel Boucher, A Québécois fiddler from Bristol, Conn.
Anne D. Conway, Director, Museum of Work and Culture, Woonsocket, Rhode Island
John R. Desmarais, Chief, Cumberland Police Department, Cumberland, Rhode Island
Most Reverend Louis E. Gelineau, Bishop Emeritus, Diocese of Providence
$15 per person.
October 21 9:00 am AFGS, LeFoyer Room
DNA 101 – What It is and How to Get Started
Presented by Thomas Allaire, AFGS DNA Project Manager
October 28 10:00 am AFGS Auditorium
French Canadian Notorial Records and How to Use Them
Presented by Michael J. Leclerc, The Genealogy Professor
November 4 9:00 am AFGS Main Library Room
What is the PRDH Database and How to Use It
Presented by Patti Locke
November 12 1:00 pm LeFoyer Room and AFGS Auditorium
World War I Commemorative Celebration
Presented by Roger Beaudry
The American-French Genealogical Society, founded in 1978, is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to collect, preserve, publish and disseminate cultural and historical matter relating to Americans of French and French-Canadian descent. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. Consult your tax adviser or the IRS about how to claim charitable tax deductions.