The Rhode Island Historical Society, the state's oldest and only statewide historical organization, is dedicated to honoring, interpreting and sharing Rhode Island's past to enrich the present and inspire the future. Founded in 1822, the RIHS is an advocate for history as a means to develop empathy and 21st -century skills, using its historical materials and knowledge to explore topics of timeless relevance and public interest. As a Smithsonian Affiliate, it is dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible public programming and educational opportunities for all Rhode Islanders through its four sites: the John Brown House Museum, the Museum of Work & Culture, the Mary Elizabeth Robinson Research Center and the Aldrich House.
In his book Mille après mille, historian Pierre Lavoie takes a fresh look at how early 20th-century Francophone celebrities, such as Mary Bolduc Travers, Rudy Vallée, and Jean Grimaldi helped shape the collective identities of Francophones in Quebec and New England.
Pierre Lavoie is a historian and postdoctoral researcher affiliated with Université Laval. His research and publications focus on the history of popular culture and Francophone migration in North America. He is a regular contributor on the Canadian public broadcaster for radio, ICI Radio-Canada Première. His first book, Mille après mille: Célébrité et migrations dans le Nord-Est américain was published by Boréal in 2022.
*Pierre Lavoie will be joining us remotely at the Museum. Guests can join us either in person at the Museum or virtually over Zoom*
Valley Talks are presented by Amica Insurance with additional support from the Museum of Work & Culture Preservation Foundation and the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park.
Date & Time
Sun, Mar 3, 2024 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM