The French-Canadians; The Franco-Americans

Years ago I signed up for a workshop – I think it was titled “Family of Origin” – and the first assignment was to find out what we could about our ancestors, something which I had never explored before. I was 40 at the time. My parents took the bait; I found that my Dad […]

Dick Bernard: The Scaffold (a Sculpture, a Gallows); with reflections on Whitestone Hill, a 1997 Commemoration at Mankato and other items.

June 29, 2017: Recommended by a reader: The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Chief Red Cloud, an American Legend * POSTNOTE 5:20 p.m. May 31 – A decision was made about the Scaffold today. See comments section below. POSTNOTE 8:30 a.m. June 1 – This seems an appropriate place/time for a […]

The 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor: A Sailor and his Ship, the USS Arizona

You can easily determine the photographers location when he took the above photo by comparing with the following painting. (click to enlarge any illustrations). I’ve written often about my Dad’s brother, my Uncle Frank Bernard, who perished on board the USS Arizona, Dec. 7, 1941. My reference link with his – and my – story […]

#1169 – Dick Bernard: A 175th Birthday in St. Paul; "In the Beginning, there was a Chapel"

Yesterday, I took a short trip to St. Paul, to a park at the corner of Kellogg Blvd and Minnesota Street, overlooking the Mississippi River. (click photos to enlarge) 175 years ago, in October, 1841, eight French-Canadians, migrants from Red River country, built a log chapel overlooking the Mississippi River at the point marked by […]

#1152 – Dick Bernard: The Newspaper; Government by Twitter

Those interested in why I very strongly support Hillary Clinton for President can read my post from Sunday here. The post includes several comments pro and con as well. Personally, I always find the perspectives of Just Above Sunset informative. The latest is here. (click on all photos to enlarge) Monday evening came one of […]

#1134 – Dick Bernard: Grandpa Bernard's Can of Pebbles

Now and again in our growing up years we made it up to Grafton ND to visit Grandma and Grandpa* Bernard, who lived in a tiny house at 738 Cooper Avenue. Grandpa, 68 when I was born, and 85 when he died, was a most interesting character, starting life in Quebec on a farm, then […]

#1114 – Dick Bernard: Bienvenue Canada, the Trudeaus & French-Canadians

Much more information about the French in Minnesota available here and here. What is your heritage? What is your story? Comment/Questions/Stories are welcome: dick_bernardATmsnDOTcom. (For many more stories, simply put the words Collette or Bernard in the search box of this blog.) I’m in the midst of updating the index of a small French-Canadian newsletter, […]

#1089 – Dick Bernard: December 7, 2015, "War" to Peace: Changing the Conversation.

Today is Pearl Harbor Day. Anyone who knows me, knows my Uncle Frank Bernard went down with the USS Arizona Dec 7, 1941. A year ago, Dec. 7, 2014, was especially emotional. I was given an opportunity to speak publicly about my Uncle at the December 7 observance at Landmark Center in St. Paul. The […]

#1067 – Dick Bernard: French-Canadian Special Event on Genealogy, Minneapolis-St. Paul area, Oct 2, 2015

Friday evening, October 2, the French-American Heritage Foundation (FAHF) hosts a special event focusing on genealogy in Maple Grove MN. All details are here. Time is short, so check this now, if interested*. The event venue is in the heart of what used to be one of the French-Canadian rural settlement centers in what is […]

#1034 – Dick Bernard: Virgil Benoit on Minnesota's Metis and French-Canadians

May 19, a jam-packed room of us were treated to a one-hour presentation by Dr. Virgil Benoit, a man who needs no introduction to those with background as Metis or French-Canadian. The below photos are from the session (click to enlarge). Here is a one hour podcast of Dr. Benoit’s talk. It speaks for itself. […]