Monday, August 6, 2018

Bradford County Historical Society to Feature “The French Legacy in Bradford County”

The Bradford County Historical Society will host a program titled, “The French Legacy in Bradford County,” scheduled for Friday, August 17, 2018 at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. There is no admission charge but donations are appreciated. To reserve a seat, participants are requested to register by calling 570-265-2240 or by email at

The impact of the French settlers from Azilum on Bradford County was significant, although much has now been subsumed into what we today consider to be usual. However, there is a distinct difference between the ethos and milieu of Bradford and those of its neighboring counties, which must in part be due to the lasting influences of the French colony at Azilum. Infrastructure, landscape design, and animal husbandry are just some of the areas in which the French excelled and passed their expertise on to their Bradford County neighbors. Deborah deBilly dit Courville, herself descended from French Nobility although not from any Azilum settlers, will explore these and other factors in the French legacy, and discuss the ways in which such elements are featured in her book about the founding of Azilum, The Laporte Inheritance.

This program is a part of the 2018 Friday Night at the Museum programming series that is held the third Friday of each month from May through October. Each event is held in the Great Room at the Bradford County Historical Society, located at 109 Pine Street, Towanda, PA. Refreshments are provided at each program and the museum is open a half-hour prior to the event.

Other programs scheduled for this season are: September 21 – Lumbering Heritage in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Sponsored by Citizens & Northern Bank; and October 19 – The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and its Effect on Bradford County.

The Bradford County Historical Society is a recipient agency of the Bradford County United Way and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. For more information about the society and its programming schedule, museum or research center, visit or check out the society on Facebook or Twitter.