Welcome to the Encyclopedia of French Cultural Heritage in North America! As you browse the site, you will learn about the heritage of French-speaking North America, as well as about its history and diversity. Get to know the people who preserve and cherish it, discover the places where it finds expression and become familiar with the trends that have shaped and influenced its evolution throughout history.
By Piccinin, Helgi
The early years of the 20th century were difficult for French-speaking communities of Louisiana. Starting in 1915, for the first time, with industrialization proceeding apace and, above all, with French-speaking children being compelled to go to school in English, the culture and language of these communities were threatened. Thus, French usage gradually fell away and was lost to entire generations. In 1968, a portion of the community took action, establishing the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL), an organization with the stated mission of reintroducing Fren...
The English version of the Encyclopedia of French Cultural Heritage in North America is online since December 15th, 2009. It features an ever growing number of articles, documents and resources on the heritage of French-speaking North America.