|American-French Genealogical Society|
AFGS 25th Anniversary
25th Silver Anniversary Gala at the Crown Plaza April 12, 2003
|News Release 03-12-03|
French-Canadian Hall of Fame Inductions and Special Achievement Awards to be Presented During April Gala
(March 12, 2003) – The American-French Genealogical Society is celebrating its 25th
anniversary. The society
was founded in Pawtucket by a handful of people interested in
discovering their French-Canadian roots.
Today, the Society has attained international standing with more
than 1,500 members throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa
The AFGS research library includes more than one million marriage records dating back to the early 1600s. There are over 2,300 reels of microfilm that contain actual birth/baptism, marriage and death records for the entire province of Quebec dating back to the founding of each parish up to 1940.
The AFGS will celebrate this important milestone in its history with a gala celebration at the Crowne Plaza at the Crossings in Warwick on Saturday, April 12, 2003. The evening will feature a reception starting at 6 P.M., dinner and awards presentation at 7 p.m. and entertainment by the Studio C band from 8 p.m. to midnight.
The celebration includes the introduction of the AFGS French-Canadian Hall of Fame. The hall of fame will recognize individuals of French-Canadian ancestry who have made significant contributions to their community, or who have achieved success in their life’s endeavors. Four individuals will be inducted in the Class of 2003.
Marie Louise Bonier, who researched the early French-Canadian settlers in Woonsocket. Her book, Debuts de la colonie Franco-Americaine de Woonsocket, Rhode Island, was published in 1920. The English translation was released in 1997.
Alphonse Desjardins, who in 1900, created the first credit union in North America, the Caisse populaire, which provided French Canadians in Quebec with loans at fair interest rates. His system was later brought to United States, with the first credit union being formed in Manchester, New Hampshire.
René Jetté, historian, genealogist, and demographer, has written more than 20 repertoires on French-Canadians, including the popular Dictionnaire généalogique des familles du Quebec des origins a 1730.
Ben Mondor, Chairman and owner of the Pawtucket Red Sox, is a former Woonsocket mill owner who successfully renovated and operated textile mills in the area for many years. Mr. Mondor purchased the bankrupt baseball team in 1977 and has made it one of the most successful operations in professional baseball. He created the Pawtucket Red Sox Charitable Foundation to assist numerous charitable organizations around New England.
Tickets for the AFGS Silver Anniversary Gala are $45.00 per person and are available from the AFGS by calling (401) 765-6141. Deadline is March 28.
The American-French Genealogical Society, founded in 1978,
is a non-profit organization devoted to assisting people of
French-Canadian ancestry in the research of their family history.
|Letter From AFGS Silver Anniversary Committee|
|American French Genealogical Society
Silver Anniversary Committee
PO box 830
Woonsocket, RI 02895-0870
Normand T. Deragon
|Please print out this form, fill it in and send it to the society if you would like to participate in this souvenir program|
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