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.
Join us at the Museum for an afternoon-long festival celebrating French-Canadian music, food, and culture. Enjoy two concerts featuring the lively music of É.T.É., an acclaimed trio made up of Élisabeth (fiddle, step-dancing, vocals), Thierry (bouzouki, podorythmie, vocals), and Élisabeth (cello, vocals). With lovely vocal harmonies, deep groove, and rich instrumentation, they bring new life to traditional Québécois music.
Also come to learn traditional French-Canadian quadrille dancing, as taught by Brown University PhD student Chanelle Dupuis. Enjoy poutine prepared by Adeline’s, our 6-year poutine competition champion, which will be served throughout the afternoon, along with beer tasting and other refreshments. Pastries prepared by Wright’s Dairy Farm & Bakery will also be served. Enjoy the popular tunes of The Good Living Band as you eat! Crafts and other activities will be available as well throughout the museum, including calligraphy demonstrations by local artist and Vice President of hand-lettering organization Masscribes, Paula Howard.
The afternoon will culminate with the announcement of the winners of the museum’s annual raffle.
Date & Time
Sun, Mar 24, 2024 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM