French-Canadians in Thompsonville

Well, here’s my first blog entry ever and I am excited to be able to start sharing some personal observations about CT history and some very neat objects in the CHS collection.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries thousands of French-Canadians, including my mother’s family, migrated to the United States, drawn by the prospect of work. New England in particular witnessed significant numbers of these newcomers seeking jobs in factories and, in particular, textile mills. These new arrivals brought with them their language, customs, and Roman Catholic faith, and often settled together in neighborhoods near their jobs. As a way to preserve their culture, these new immigrants sometimes organized social and other clubs as part of their support network. Continue reading