French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan
P.O. Box 1900, Royal Oak, 48068-1900
French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan meetings are free and open to the public.   Pre Covid-19, our meetings were held at the Mount Clemens Public Library, 150 Cass Avenue, Mt. Clemens, MI 48043, but are not sponsored by the Library.  The Libary is currently under a complete reconstruction.  We will place a notice on this page and on our FB page when in-person meetings resume.
NOTE: Digital presentations through Zoom, which will occur on our normal meeting days and times (the second Saturday of the month, at 11:00 a.m. EST).  To attend the Zoom Presentations, check your email for registration links sent from the French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan.  If you currently do not have an email associated with your account, but you would like to participate in the Zoom meetings, please make sure you include an email address either on your renewal membership form or on your online membership form, if you renew on our website.   To update your account with an email address immediately, you can also send a message to:
Shown below are the Zoom presenters and their topic of discussion for the month.  For additional information on our upcoming presentations and meetings, please check our website (  You can also go to our FCHSM Facebook Page  ( for changes and further updates.
Saturday, January 9, 2021 – 11:00 a.m. Zoom Speaker: Loraine DiCerbo. “How to Establish a Trade Network in the 18th Century: Lessons Learned from the Chevalier Family”. Announcement of elected Officers for 2021 Board.
Saturday, February 13, 2021 – 11:00 a.m. Zoom Speaker: Barb Barton. “Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan”.
Saturday, March 13, 2021 – 11:00 a.m. Annual get Acquainted meeting (Zoom).
Saturday, April 10, 2021 – 11:00 a.m. Speaker: Guillaume Teasdale. (Zoom).
Saturday, May 8, 2021 – 11:00 a.m. Speaker: Judy Nimer Muhn. “No Dead Ends: Finding Your Way Through Family Road Blocks” (Zoom).
Sunday, July 25, 2021 - Noon - The Novena Mass at the Basilica of Ste. Anne, 1000 Sainte Anne Street, Detroit, MI 48216.
Saturday, July 31 and Sunday August 1, 2021 – Le Rendez-vous du Détroit. Taking place at Historic Fort Wayne, 6325 W. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48209. 

Saturday, September 11, 2021 – 11:00 a.m. FCHSM Annual Potluck, Lac St. Clair Metropark. CANCELLED due to the spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19.  REPLACED  by a Zoom Get-Acqainted Meeting.
Saturday, October 9, 2021 – 11:00 a.m. EST Speaker: José Brandão. “French in the Great Lakes Region”. (Zoom Meeting).

Saturday, November 13, 2021 – 11:00 a.m. EST Speaker: Michael McCafferty. “Old Facts and New Discoveries along a Historic French Trade Route – To and Across the Kankakee Portage from St. Joseph.” (Zoom Meeting)
Saturday, January 8, 2022 – 11:00 a.m. EST Speaker: Mark Walczynski. “Louis Jolliet and Robert Cavalier Sieur de la Salle – a rivalry for the Western Trade”. (Zoom Meeting)
Saturday, February 12, 2022 – 11:00 a.m.  EST Speaker: Joseph Gagné.  “Accustomed to carrying a burden: French female camp followers during the seven years war”. (Zoom Meeting)
Saturday, March 12, 2022 – 11:00 a.m. EST. Annual “Get Acquainted Meeting”. Zoom
Saturday, April 9, 2022 – 11:00 a.m. EST – Speaker: Judy Muhn. “French-Canadian and Acadian Genealogy. Including a Q&A with members.” (Zoom Meeting)
Saturday, May 14, 2022 – 11:00 a.m. EST – Speaker: Carl Ekberg. “From the Ardennes to Kaskaskia: Franchomme's Fatal Pursuit of Adventure.” (Zoom Meeting)
Sunday, 24 July 2022 – Novena at Ste. Anne's.  This is the 321st anniversary of the founding of Detroit! Additional details will be provided.
Sunday, August 7, 2022 – 10:00 a.m. EST to 5:00 p.m. Rendez-vous Détroit, at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, 100 Strand Avenue, Belle Isle, Detroit.
August 2022 – FCHSM Ceremony at Mt. Elliott to honor the parishioners of Ste. Anne's.  Additional details will be provided.
Saturday, September 10, 2022 – 11:00 a.m. EST – Annual Pot Luck – Picnic at Lake St. Clair Metro Park
Saturday, October 8, 2022 – 11:00 a.m. EST – Speaker: Derek J. Blount “Bring Out Your Dead, Plagues, Epidemics, and Pandemics” The program discusses epidemics from the 1200’s to present and where to find unusual data records about the epidemics and records of people that succumbed to them.  (Zoom Meeting)
Saturday, November 12, 2022 – 11:00 a.m. EST – Speaker: Derek J. Blount "Where are the Early Dead of Detroit?” (Zoom Meeting)
Saturday, January 14, 2023 - 11:00 a.m. EST - Speaker: Catherine Cangany, Ph.D., "Unfree Labor in Early Detroit" (Zoom Meeting)
Saturday, February 11, 202311:00 a.m. EST - Speaker: Michael McCafferty, Ph.D., "A French Itinerary for the Canoe Route from Detroit to Fort des Miamis at present Fort Wayne, Indiana." (Zoom Meeting)
Saturday, March 11, 2023 - 11:00 a.m. EST - Annual Get Acquainted Meeting (Location TBD)
Saturday, April 8, 2023 - Speaker: Brett Walker, Cordwainer, Details to Follow.
Saturday, May 13, 2023 - 11:00 a.m. EST - Speaker: Geoff Bodeau/Pierre Gendru-Hetu.  "Genetic Genealogy - Using DNA Analysis to Find the DNA 'Signatures' of our French-Canadian Immigrant Ancestors." (Zoom Meeting) 
June 9-11, 2023 (TENTATIVE) – FCHSM Trip to Mackinaw City/St. Ignace, Michigan. We plan to visit Colonial Michilimackinac and St. Ignace on Saturday, June 10. If interested, please contact us at with a count of how many people would like to attend. This trip is still in the planning stage and more information will become available if we have enough members interested.  We suggest that FCHSM members car pool to Mackinaw City, as FCHSM will not be providing a bus or any other kind of transportation.
Sunday, 23 July, 2023 - Novena at Ste. Anne's.  Details to be announced.
October 2023 - Center for French Colonial Studies Conference in Monroe, Michigan.  Details to be announced.
FCHSM is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organizationYour financial support of the FCHSM is welcomed and donations beyond membership dues are tax deductible.