The conference, put on by l'Association Française de la Vallée Saint-Jean, is planned for 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14 in the basement of the St. David Catholic Church. It will conclude in time for lunch. The public is invited to attend and participate in the discussion, according to Paradis.
Paradis, a retired UMFK history professor and folklorist, will chair the conference. The conference will have a round-table format and will include presentation by the conferees, followed by questions and discussion. James Lavertu, president of l'Association Française, will welcome the conferees and speak to the objectives and projects of the association.
Conferees will include Yvon Labbé, founder of the FAROG journal (later named the FAROG Forum, then Le Forum), and Lisa Desjardins Michaud, Tony Brinkley and Susan Pinette from the Franco-American Center in Orono.
Local conferees will include Anne Roy, Guy Dubay, Dan Lapointe, Nancy Dionne, Marc Chassé, Lois Muller, Gérard Soucy, Terry Ouellette, Carol Pelletier, Marilyn McBreairty, Donat Cyr, Don Cyr and Steve Young.
From information gathered at the conference, l'Association will be “better positioned to promote the legacy of our forebears,” according to Paradis.
The hope is that the St. John Valley, because of its unusual history, can be entered into the National Register of Historic Sites, he added.