Museum exhibit explores Windsor’s French roots

A new permanent exhibit at Windsor’s Community Museum shares the French Canadian history of the region and how it shaped the city.

The Windsor area is the oldest continuously inhabited French colony west of Montreal and was the first permanent European settlement in all of Ontario.

This new exhibit, Windsor’s French Roots: 300+ Years of French Heritage and Culture in Windsor, at the Maison François Baby House explores:

• How the French came to Windsor
• French and First Nations
• French and slavery
• Life on the French Frontier
• Importance of Jesuit Pear Trees
• How Windsor’s street system reflects French settlement patterns
• Changing nature of the French population over the years
• Windsor/Essex area unique contributions to the French language
• Preserving the language – the role of French Schools
• Cultural Survival

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