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AFGS 25th Anniversary

AFGS 25th Anniversary

AFGS French Canadian Hall of Fame

American-French Genealogical Society

Celebrates Silver Anniversary  

The American-French Genealogical Society during its 25th anniversary introduced 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.
French-Canadian Hall of Fame Inductions and Special Achievement Awards were Presented During April Gala
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.

Ben Mondor
Born in St. Ignace du Lac, Maskinonge, Quebec, Ben Mondor was raised in Woonsocket and graduated from Mount St. Charles Academy. He served in the Navy during World War II. He entered the business world in the late 1950s and, acquired textile mills in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and elsewhere. In 1973 he sold his companies and retired. Ben Mondor
Mr. Mondor purchased the Pawtucket Red Sox, the International League affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, in 1977 when the team was near bankruptcy. He has since built the PawSox into one of the most successful operations in minor league baseball.

Ben has received numerous honors from professional baseball including recognition from the commissioner of baseball, and the Baseball Writers of America. He has been named the International League?s Executive of the Year.

Rhode Island College has awarded him an honorary doctorate of public service and was inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame in 1984.

Mr. Mondor has been a trustee of the Pawtucket Boys Club, a member of the board of trustees of the Community College of Rhode Island Foundation and a member of the Rhode Island College Foundation.

He played a prominent role in the establishment of the Rhode Island Children?s Cancer Fund and has aided many other causes. Ben created the Pawtucket Red Sox Charitable Trust to help support numerous charitable groups throughout New England.

For his significant achievements in professional baseball and the business world, the American-French Genealogical Society is honored to present the 2003 AFGS Award for Special Achievement in Business to Ben Mondor and include him as a member of the AFGS French-Canadian Hall of Fame, Class of 2003.


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.   

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