La Fete du Jour de l'An

Inspired by the French-Canadian custom, La Fete du Jour de l'An was a traditional New Year's Day family celebration held for several years at the Museum of Work and Culture.

Woonsocket's ties to French-Canadian culture date back to the 1840's when the first French-Canadian families were recruited from Quebec to work in the mills of Woonsocket. By 1900, sixty percent of Woonsocket's population was French-Canadian and Woonsocket was the most "French" city in the United States. The Museum of Work and Culture tells the story of these immigrants and the growth of Franco-American culture in Woonsocket. Traditional French-Canadian Music

The celebration included traditional music, songs and story telling. You could sample French-Canadian tourtiere (meat pie), pea soup, holiday eggnog, mulled cider, coffee and sweets. Of course, you could also visit the museum's many exhibits and displays.

If we are lucky, the museum will bring La Fete du Jour de l'An back in the future.It was held on New Year's Day from 1:00 to 5:00 at the Museum of Work and Culture, 42 South Main Street, Woonsocket, RI. Admission was charged. Call the museum at (401)769-WORK or (401)769-9675 for additional information.

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