French-American Heritage Articles
Below are newspaper, magazine and other articles written about French American Heritage or history in Minnesota and the midwest. If you have an article you would like to list here, please contact us at the French American Heritage Foundation.
Americans with French Descent– About thirteen million U.S. residents are of French descent. French-Americans gave birth to streams of French-Americans like the Acadians, the Cajuns (literally Acadian pronounced with a southern accent), Louisiana Créoles and many others. Following a a list on the Wikipedia website listing some Americans with French Ancestry. Some of the names will surprise you. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_French_Americans
Dit names of French Canadians. This article explains what they mean. See website at http://www.francogene.com/quebec/ditnames.php
Echo de l’ouest- French Minnesota Newspaper online. This is available free through Chronicling America.loc.gov. This French speaking newspaper was published in Minneapolis from 1883 to 1929. Minnesota Echo de l’ouest.
En Avant. Story about film being made by Christine Loys about Minnesota’s French Connections.Film Celebrates Minnesota French Connection
Francais d’Amerique/French in America Calendar Photos and Texts from 1985 to 2002 for This is a project of Virgil Benoit of Red Lake Falls, MN put together with the assistance of Marie-Reine Mikesell from Chicago, Illinois. This website is filled with wonderful pictures involving the French in America. http://www.johnfishersr.net/french_in_america_calendar.html
French Canadian Emigration to the United States, 1840-1930. Very interesting article about the roughly 900,000 French Canadians who left Canada to come to United States and reasons for the migration. Article written by Damien-Claude Belanger, Department of History from University de Montreal and also Marianopolis College.French Canadian Emigration to the United States
French Holiday Music, with foreward by Francois Fouquerel. Des Chansons pour la saison
Influence of French-Canadians on the U.S. Midwest. by Pierre Girard.Influence of French in Midwest
Gentily, Minnesota. Story about French Canadian history in Gentily, Minnesota. Gentily MN history
Kaposia. Story about the Battle of Kaposia (pronounced Kapoja) which took place in St. Paul on July 8, 1842. At that time there was a mostly French settlement in the downtown St. Paul area. The story is written by Isaac Labissoniere who witnessed the battle who came to St. Paul with his family from the Selkirk Settlement in the Red River Valley. Attached is Issac’s story of the battle and an article about Isaac himself. Battle of Kaposia by Isaac Labissoniere; Issac Labissioniere bio; Speech about Kaposia Kaposia Speech
Le Forum, Volume 38, #2 (Printemps/Spring 2016) LE FORUM VOL. 28 2016
Le Sueur French Saltpeter Caves in Minnesota. Article written by Greg Brick, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Minnesota. Le Sueur article GCHS Newsletter 2013
Minnesota, an exclusive product of Scandinavia? Au contraire, by Christina Selander Bouzouina, Executive Director, Alliance Francaise.Bon anniversaire Minnesota
Octavo Barker Story, by Harry Tatro. This is story of man who lived with French Canadians in Minnesota (his wife was Celina Trudeau (descendant of Etienne Trudeau who arrived in New France in 1659). This couple lived in early Wabasha, Minnesota and later lived in Argyle, Minnesota, both French Canadian communities. Octavo fought in Civil War and was imprisoned in Andersonville prison in Georgia. His story gives you a great feeling for life in early Minnesota. Octavo Barker Story
Perrot, Nicolas. Perrot was an early French explorer who established a Fort on Lake Pepin in the year 1686. Here is an article about him. Nicolas Perreault Article
Pig’s Eye and Me, by Janell (Belisle dit Germain) Norman, 2016. Pigs Eye and Me
Pigs Eye Parrant’s Fountain Cave. Article written by Greg Brick that was published in Ramsey County History about the cave once habited by Pierre “Pigs Eye” Parrant. Pigs Eye Parrant Fountain Cave
Recollections of Antoine Grignon. Published by Wisconsin Historical Society. This is autobiography of Antoine Grignon, a mixed blood born in 1828. His father was of French and Winnebago descent and his Mother French and Dakota descent. Wonderful story of life in early Minnesota and fur trade along the Mississippi River. Recollections of Antoine Grignon
Resettlement of French-Canadian Emigrants from Northern Minnesota to Washington’s Yakima Valley in the late 19th and Early 20th Centuries. By: Wallace G. Lewis. Transcribed by Michael Fortier, October 18, 2008. Resettlement french-canadian-emigrants
Royal Descents of Famous People, by Mark Humphreys. This website helps explain why most French Canadians are probably descendants of Charlemagne. http://humphrysfamilytree.com/famous.descents.html
Toutcanadien is a website where you can learn Canadian French. The mission of this site is to become the most complete on-line resource for the acquisition or reacquisition of the North-American French language. See site at http://toutcanadien.com/.
Voyageur story by Mark Labine. Voyageur story