Things We Do

I. French Heritage Education Classes

2017 Minnesota History with a French Accent French Classes 
Sept. 5, Oct. 17, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5:  Minnesota with a French Accent Classes. St. Michael/Albertville Senior Center-(Crow River Senior Center) 11800 Town Center Drive NE, Suite 200, St.
Michael, 55376.  Time: Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m.-noon. To register contact Heidi Dehmer at 763-497-6550. Website is
Sept. 20 and 27 and Oct. 4 and 11:  September 20 to October 11th- Minnesota with a French Accent Classes: Handke Center, 1170 Main Street, Elk River, MN 55330, Room 107, Door 5. Time: Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. To register contact Jay Grammond at 763-241-3520. Website at communityed@728.Org. Class fee $30.Elk River.  Wednesday evenings
Oct. 3, 10, 17 and 24:  Minnesota with a French Accent Classes. Eagan Blackhawk Middle School, 15180 Canada Ave, Rosemount, MN 55068: Time: Tuesday evenings from 6-8 p.m. Contact person: Matt McCabe. Class fee: $45. To register contact Matt McCabe, Adult Services Coordinator at 651-423-7925. Website
Nov. 6, 13, 20 and 27:  Minnesota with a French Accent Classes. Osseo Middle School, 10223 93rd Ave North, Maple Grove, MN. Time: Monday evenings from 6:30-8 p.m. To register contact Rob Sturdy at 763-391-7119 at 763-391-7119. Website is Class fee $30.


2016 Minnesota History with a French Accent 

March 1, 8, 15 and 22: Nokomis Library at 5100 34th Ave South, Minneapolis, MN  55417.  Contact persons to register for classes are Patricia Hastreiter at or Amy McNally, Senior Librarian,

October 3 to 24: Maple Grove “Minnesota with French Accent” classes at the Maplewood Community CenterFour classes from 10 a.m. to noon.  Please contact  Linda Moser ( and Judy Lambert  (

 November 8 to November 29: North St. Paul “Minnesota with French Accent”  classes at the Gladstone Senior CenterFour classes from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

2015 Minnesota History with a French Accent– This four week course will cover as follows: Week One: Minnesota’s early French Explorers, Pioneers and Metis and Fur Traders; Week Two: Minnesota’s Early Settlers; Week Three: Ethnic Tensions facing French in Minnesota, and Week Four: The Richness of our French-American Heritage in Minnesota.  Classes will be held April 13 to May 4th and again on Tuesday evenings from November 3rd to November 24th, 2015 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Lake Harriet School, 4912 Vincent Ave South, Minneapolis.

Classes were held  on June 5, 12, 19 and 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the Washburn Library in Minneapolis, 5244 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Instructors will be Jerry Foley, Mark Labine, Pierre Girard, and Dick Bernard.

To register for these classes, please contact the following

Lake Harriet School Class in April: Gary Wineman, Community School Coordinator email:, Lake Harriet Adult Enrichment Programs, Minneapolis Community Education |Minneapolis Public Schools p:  612.668.3330  |  f:  612.668.3320

Washburn Library Class in June: Patricia Hastreiter, Coordinator, email: Minneapolis Community Education Enrichment Program, The Minneapolis program website is  Patricia’s phone number is 612-668-5095.


 II.  French-American Heritage Foundation Les Voyageurs of Concordia Language Villages Scholarship

Amount of Scholarship: two $400 Scholarships per annum

Funding Date: April 1st of each year. Check made payable to Concordia Language Villages and sent to Melissa Rademacher, Associate director for annual giving, Concordia Language Villages, 901 8thStreet South, Moorhead, MN 56562

Concordia Language Villages (CLV), previously the International Language Villages, is a world-language and culture education program whose mission is to prepare young people for responsible citizenship in the global community. Since beginning in 1961, it has grown to offer summer camp in 15 modern languages and school-year weekend programs mostly for Spanish, French, and German program. Summer and winter programs are taught through a language and cultural immersion philosophy, which allows for experience-based learning. The Villages annually serves over 8,500 young people, aged 7–18, from every state of the US, as well as Canada and 31 other countries, and are sponsored by Concordia College of Moorhead, Minnesota, a private four-year liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

The French-American Heritage Foundation is a 501(c)3 Foundation whose mission statement is to promote and cultivate French-language cultures through education and public programing.   The Foundation has a website at and has sponsored events in Minnesota which promote French Heritage.   In 2015, the Board of Directors of the French-American Heritage Foundation voted to provide two $400 scholarships each year to allow a student in need to attend the French language villages called Les Voyageurs of Concordia Language Villages.

The selection criteria of those awarded scholarships will be determined by the Concordia Language Villages with the understanding that those recipients awarded the scholarship will write a letter to the French-American Heritage Foundation board describing their experience at the language camp.

III.  “One of the goals of the French-American Heritage Foundation is to co-host a Twin City celebration of French cultures that exist in our Metro Area. This would be a welcomed addition to the other ethnic festivals we experience each year.”