Mar 16, 2017

Rhode Island

R.I. Leaders & Francophone Organizations Raise Francophonie Flag

Category: News Room
Posted by: Craig

What: Francophone & State Leaders Raise Francophonie Flag


When: Thursday, March 23, 3pm


Where: The State House, 82 Smith St., Providence, R.I.



R.I. Leaders & Francophone Organizations Raise Francophonie Flag

March 23 Event at State House Will Celebrate French Language and Culture


(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) – The public and press is invited to join the League of Francophone Organizations of Rhode Island on Thursday, March 23, at the Rhode Island State House as the Museum of Work & Culture gathers with state and Francophone leaders to raise the Francophonie Flag and celebrate French language and culture in Rhode Island.


The event will begin at 3pm in the State Room for a short concert by the students of the French-American School of R.I. and the singing of the French, Canadian, and American national anthems by the choir of Alliance Française of Providence.


This will be followed by a speaking program emceed by Roger Begin, Honorary Consul of France in Rhode Island. Speakers will include Lieutenant Governor Daniel McKee, Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed, members of the Rhode Island Legislature, Delegate of Québec in New England Marie-Claude Francoeur, Consul General of Canada David Alward, Consul of France & Chair of the 2017 Francophonie Committee Valéry Freland, President of Alliance Français de Providence Dominique Gregoire, and the Regional Representative of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) Margarita Dempsey.


The program will conclude with a creative presentation on the reach of the French language by Dempsey’s students from Smithfield High School. A wine and cheese reception will immediately follow.


The events are presented by members of the League of Francophone Organizations of Rhode Island: Museum of Work & Culture, Alliance Française de Providence, Flickers: The Rhode Island International Film Festival, American Association of Teachers of French of Rhode Island, the French American School, American French Genealogical Society, and Club Aram Pothier


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About the Museum of Work & Culture

The interactive and educational Museum of Work & Culture shares the stories of the men, women, and children who came to find a better life in Rhode Island’s mill towns in the late 19th- and 20th centuries. It recently received a Rhode Island MonthlyBest of Rhode Island Award for its SensAbilities Saturdays all-ability program.


About the Rhode Island Historical Society

Founded in 1822, the RIHS is the fourth-oldest historical society in the United States and is Rhode Island’s largest and oldest historical organization, as well as its only Smithsonian Affiliate. In Providence, the RIHS owns and operates the John Brown House Museum, a designated National Historic Landmark, built in 1788; the Aldrich House, built in 1822 and used for administration and public programs; and the Mary Elizabeth Robinson Research Center, where archival, book and image collections are housed. In Woonsocket, the RIHS manages the Museum of Work and Culture, a community museum examining the industrial history of northern Rhode Island and of the workers and settlers, especially French-Canadians, who made it one of the state’s most distinctive areas.