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Eloise A. Brière Franco-American Oral History Collection

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The interviews in this collection, conducted mostly in French between August 8, 1982 and Jan. 18, 1983, document the lives and experiences of forty-four Franco-American residents of Massachusetts, concentrated in the areas around Easthampton and Lowell. Transcripts are available for five interviews: Paul Racine, Paul Morrisette, Mme. Dauphinais, Eugène St. Pierre, and Vivianne Potvin.
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1982 to 1984
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Oral history with the Gagnon family, part of the Franco-American community in Springfield since 1953. Topics include their participation in Franco-American activities at St. Joseph’s Church, their interest in Franco-American studies, and what nationality means to them, as people with roots in America, Canada, and France.
Date(s)
1982-08-17
Contributing Institution
Oral history with the Lussier family. Mr. Lussier’s family relocated from Winchendon to Easthampton, Mass. to find a French Catholic school when he was a child, and Mrs. Lussier’s family moved from Gardner for work. She discusses her time playing piano along with instrument ensembles for silent films. Their daughter, Lucille, talks about growing up going to a French school, and the subjects she studied there. Includes information of the beginnings of Notre Dame du Bon Conseil parish in
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1982-08-09
Contributing Institution
Oral history with parish priest of Notre Dame du Bon Conseil in Easthampton. Morissette had been priest at the church for seven years after having been an administrator there for eight. Morissette grew up in Chicopee, a child of immigrant parents, speaking only French at home. Studied at Assumption College and then (1941) to seminary in Montreal. Classes at St. Georges parochial school in Chicopee were half in English, half French; regimented nature of study at Assumption, taught mostly by
Date(s)
1982-08-09
Contributing Institution
Oral history with former gérant (manager) of the Town Infirmary (Hospice d'Easthampton) on Oliver Street, Easthampton. Racine arrived in Easthampton in 1947 from Quebec and married a French Canadian woman from Springfield. Had arranged a job at Hampton Specialty prior to emigration with assistance of a brother in law who had already emigrated. Continues to speak French at church and at the Franco-American club, though his work at Hampton Specialty was mostly in English; in Canada they speak good
Date(s)
1982-08-08
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Oral history with man born into a Canadian family in Northampton Aug. 21, 1910. Studied in Canada, but did not complete his course and returned to Northampton where there were many more Canadians then than now, perhaps 1,000 or 1,200 families in his parish, mostly speaking French. Children studied French at the parochial school (Sacre Coeur). Most French were concentrated in the lower part of town south of Main Street and Bridge Street. Could live most of life speaking only French in town
Date(s)
1982-08-09
Contributing Institution