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A new project to preserve the stories and history of French-Canadians, who by the hundreds of thousands crossed the border to begin new lives in New England and Upstate New York. Several families of Franco-American heritage gathered here in the North Country late this summer to take part in a historical preservation project, many hope, will keep their families’ heritage and culture alive for future generations. We interview Siena College professor Janet Shideler who is overseeing that project.
To see Siena College’s Je Me Souviens Project:
New York Heritage Digital Collection: https://nyheritage.org/
Franco-American Collection: https://tinyurl.com/NEH-Franco

North Country residents who are descendants of French-Canadian immigrants are being invited to gather in Plattsburgh in early June to be part of the je me souviens project. Janet Shideler and her colleagues/students from Siena College will be here at our Mountain Lake PBS studios on Sunday June 9th and again on Monday June 10th, from 1-to-6pm. Artifacts such as photos, letters, naturalization papers, military medals, even toys and household items will be scanned and posted to the New York Heritage Digital Collection online. To see the Franco-American collection to date:
Franco-American Collection: https://tinyurl.com/NEH-Franco

Je Me Souviens Project:
June 9 & 10 1-6pm
Mountain Lake PBS Studios
Sesame Street Plattsburgh, NY
If you have questions, you can email or call Janet Shideler at Siena College: Janet Shideler Siena College: jshideler@siena.edu 518-782-6769

Watch French-Canadian Singer/Songwriter Josee Vachon performance in May 2018 with NYS Students at historic Fort Chambly in Chambly, Quebec: https://youtu.be/UC0fXcqX7wA