Going on 400 years

This is a virtual monument to honor the memory and continued presence of French speaking people from many nations who, over the last 350 years, have helped make Wisconsin and the midwest United States what they are today. Today, from one end of Wisconsin to the other French sounding names remain as reminders of the people who passed through, and frequently remained.

Coincidental to the celebration of Wisconsin's 150th anniversary of statehood to take place statewide in 1998, the Wisconsin's French Connections Project seeks to involve as many people as possible who have an interest in gathering and sharing information on this important part of Wisconsin's history.

If you would like to join this collaborative venture, send us an e-mail message.

See Guidelines for Contributions if you have documents or images related to the WFC Sesquicentennial project that you would be willing to share.

This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council. We are also grateful for the support of: the Ministère des Affaires Étrangères and French Consulate General, Chicago; the Canadian Consulate, Chicago; and GE-Medical Systems.