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1982 Aug. 10

Potvin, Vivianne

Vivianne Potvin oral history with Eloise A. Brière

Holyoke (Mass.) - Oral history with activist for the preservation of the French language who spoke both French and English from earliest days. This is part 2. For part 1 see mums123-t001-i005.

Eloise A. Brière Franco-American Oral History Collection

1982 Aug. 10

Potvin, Vivianne

Vivianne Potvin oral history with Eloise A. Brière

Holyoke (Mass.) - Oral history with activist for the preservation of the French language who spoke both French and English from earliest days. This is part 1. For part 2 see mums123-t002-i001.

Eloise A. Brière Franco-American Oral History Collection

1982 Aug. 9

St. Pierre, Eugène

Daufinais oral history with Eloise A. Brière

Easthampton (Mass.) - Oral history with Easthampton resident, born in Holyoke, who was raised speaking French.

Eloise A. Brière Franco-American Oral History Collection

1982 Aug. 9

St. Pierre, Eugène

Eugène St. Pierre oral history with Eloise A. Brière

Northampton (Mass.) - 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 concentrat... more

Eloise A. Brière Franco-American Oral History Collection

1982 Aug. 19

Proulx, Ernest E.

Ernest Proulx oral history with Eloise A. Brière

Holyoke (Mass.) - Oral history with the Mayor of Holyoke, about his interest in politics, his belief in cultural pride, the Franco-American community in Holyoke and Massachusetts, and its traditionally low level of political participation and voting at the local and state level.

Eloise A. Brière Franco-American Oral History Collection

1982 Aug. 17

St. Laurent, Anne

Anne St. Laurent oral history with Eloise A. Brière

Chicopee (Mass.) - Oral history with former dressmaker Anne St. Laurent, who was born in Laval, Quebec and came to the United States with her family as a young woman, taking up work first at a tailor's shop in Chicopee Falls, Mass., and then for several years as a dressmaker at Dorothy Dodd in Holyoke, where she gradually picked up the English language with the help of her coworkers. Subsequently she to... more

Eloise A. Brière Franco-American Oral History Collection

1982 Aug. 17

Gagnon, Henri

Henri Gagnon and Françoise Gagnon oral history with Eloise A. Brière

Springfield (Mass.) - Oral history with the Gagnon family, part of the Frando-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.

Eloise A. Brière Franco-American Oral History Collection

1982 Aug. 8

Racine, Paul

Paul Racine oral history with Eloise A. Brière

Easthampton (Mass.) - 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 ... more

Eloise A. Brière Franco-American Oral History Collection

1982 Aug. 9

Morissette, Paul

Paul Morissette oral history with Eloise A. Brière

Easthampton (Mass.) - 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 ... more

Eloise A. Brière Franco-American Oral History Collection

1982 Aug. 9

Lussier, Emil

Lussier family, Emil Lussier, Mrs. Lussier, and Lucille Lussier, oral history with Eloise A. Brière

Easthampton (Mass.) - 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 sc... more

Eloise A. Brière Franco-American Oral History Collection