Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | May 25, 2016

Artifact of the Week. Cornwall French Week buttons.

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A selection of buttons from Cornwall’s French Week – Semaine Francaise Cornwall.

Cornwall’s first French Week took place in June 1961.  Organized by 21 Francophone groups that made-up Le Conseil de Vie Francaise, the week was headed by Remi and Rolande Lalonde, Rejean Clement and Gerard Dube.

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The float depicts the defeat of Adam Dollard des Ormeux and his 16 men at Long Sault on the Ottawa River by the Iroquois in 1660.  Locally people mix this Long Sault up with the Long Sault Rapids in the St. Lawrence, and call Mattice Park, Dollard Park in his honour, not knowing that they have the wrong location.

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Part of the programme for the 1971 edition of French Week.

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French Week 1973.

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This is a sampling of the material the archives at the Cornwall Community Museum have regarding Cornwall’s French Week.

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