Rendezvous 2017

Frenchtown Rendezvous 2017 

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This year’s Rendezvous was a great success! 75 people, a mix of old friends and new faces, gathered in Assumption Parish Hall to learn and share about the history of Frenchtown.

The new FrenchRDV-Presentation-First-Slide.tiftown Research Guide was on display, with satellite pictures of traces of French-Canadian long lots, as well as information about settlement, allotment and the St. Rose of Lima church and cemetery.

Speakers Jessie and Nicki Day-Lucore shared their cemetery research on missionary rivalries, childhood mortality, and the 878 diphtheria epidemic. We are raising funds to install new signage telling these stories in 2018.Family history and history come together at Rendezvous. Census documents and a computer station to do searches on let everyone be a researcher.

Frenchtown isn’t the only French presence in the valley. Walla Walla’s wineries were well represented in the silent auction. Marty Bray, whose garlic mashed potatoes are second to none, catered the event with a delicious tri-tip dinner.