Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Marker Details

The marker is located in Bourbonnais, on the grounds of the Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society, which is part of the Adrien M. Richard Heritage Preservation Site. It is in the 700 block of Stratford Drive, about one-half bock south of IL Route 102.
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Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society and The Illinois State Historical Society

Marker Description:
Bourbonnais Grove's first families came from Quebec's upper St. Lawrence Valley in the 1830s and 40s to settle what would become the largest 19th century French Canadian agrarian village in Illinois. Some immigrants moved on to found St. Anne, St. Mary, L'Erable, and Papineau. In 1865 Viateurian fathers established St. Viateur College. The Letourneau Home Museum, Maternity BVM Church and surviving Viateurian buildings are memorials to these French Canadians who were an influential part of Illinois' pioneer population.

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