Class of 2017

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

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