French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan meetings are free and open to the public. If unfavorable weather conditions exist (snow and/or storms), call the Mount Clemens Public Library at 586-469-6200 to check if the meeting has been cancelled. The Mount Clemens Public Library address is: 150 Cass Ave., Mount Clemens, MI 48043. We will also place a notice on this page if we decide to cancel a meeting due to inclement weather.
Visit our Society web page: www.habitantheritage.org and
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/109717099063919/
Saturday, January 14, 2017 – 11 a.m. – Mount Clemens Public Library. Introduce the new Board of Directors. Show the DVD: Canada, A People’s History: Claiming the Wilderness 1670-1735.
Saturday, February 11, 2017 – 11 a.m. – Mount Clemens Public Library. No general meeting. The Library is reserved for those who would like to work on genealogical research. Members will be available to help newer members with their research and their brick-wall ancestors - bring your charts for your brick-wall ancestors.
Saturday, March 11, 2017 – 11 a.m. – Mount Clemens Public Library. The annual get acquainted meeting. Do you have an “interesting ancestor?” Bring your charts and your story.
Saturday, April 8, 2017 – 11 a.m. – Mount Clemens Public Library. Speakers: Dawn Evoe-Danowski – “Early History of Saint-Antoine and River Raisin; the Monroe County Historical Society Bi-Centennial Certificate Program” and Diane Wolford Sheppard “French Private Land Claims from River Raisin to Lake Erie and the 1796 Census.” The examples will allow you to research your ancestors in Wayne County, Macomb County, and at Michilimackinac.
Saturday, May 13, 2017 – 11 a.m. – Mount Clemens Public Library. Speaker Karen Marrero Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan – “ ‘Va à la rivière’: What Songs Can Tell us about the History of le détroit.”
Sunday, June 11, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. – Ste. Anne de Detroit French Mass said by Monsignor Charles Kosanke, followed by a guided tour of the church and a visit to the tomb of Father Gabriel Richard. On 11 June 1805, the city of Detroit, including the church of Ste. Anne, was destroyed by fire.
July 17-26, 2017 – Ste. Anne de Détroit Novena. Details to be announced.
Saturday, September 9, 2017– 11 a.m. – Mount Clemens Public Library. Speakers: Diane Wolford Sheppard and Suzanne Boivin Sommerville – “Using Jetté, the Lafrance Records from Drouin, PRDH, Ancestry, FamilySearch digital images, and cautionary tales about Tanguay and family tree information on the internet.”
Sunday, September 10, 2017 – 1 p.m. – Ste. Anne de Détroit Rendez-vous - see our Home Page for details regarding the Rendez-vous
Saturday, October 14, 2017 – 11 a.m. – Mount Clemens Public Library. Annual French-Canadian potluck. Celebrate with French-Canadian dishes.
Saturday, November 11, 2017 – 11 a.m. – Mount Clemens Public Library. Speaker: Monsignor Charles Kosanke, pastor of Ste. Anne's.
FCHSM is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. Your financial support of the FCHSM is welcomed and donations beyond membership dues are tax deductible.
Ernest J. Lajeunesse, C.S.B., The Windsor Border Region (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1960)
A larger and more detailed version of this map can be found on our Land and Census Information Page; download Ribbon Farms with 1796 Map, by Suzanne Boivin Sommerville.
Frederick Simpson Coburn, Hauling Logs on a Winter Road in Québec, Courtesy of Artefacts Canada: http://www.rcip-chin.gc.ca/bd-dl/artefacts-eng.jsp?emu=en.accollections:/Artefacts/Gallery/English/image_gallery_features_ac.html