L’ACADIE ! …Harvard Men in Acadia, and Acadians in Harvard.
In 1847, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow shocked the world with his poem “Evangeline” that tells the sad story of the ‘Great Eviction’, or ‘le Grand Dérangement’… 13,000 Acadians were removed from their homes and farms in the colony of Acadia and were re-located up and down the eastern seaboard, from Québec to Louisiana.
The Harvard Historical Society invites you to join them for their program on the Acadian story taken from our historians including our very own Henry Nourse who wrote ‘History of Harvard’. Nourse tells us of the men of the Harvard and Lancaster militias that reluctantly participated in this ‘Great Eviction’.
A Past President of the Society, Joe Theriault will guide us through the presentation and will introduce some of the Acadian families who were taken from their homes in 1755-1764 and moved to destinations including the town of Harvard. Some of these family names include the Boudreau, Cormier, Gauterot, Landry LeBlanc, Martin, Morin, Richard, Roy and Theriault families.
The program will take place at the Still River Meetinghouse on April 16 at 7pm. Refreshments will be served after the one-hour slide presentation.