Michel Langlois was working as a specialist in genealogy at the Quebec Public Archives in the Ministry of Cultural Affairs (MCA) since 1976 when he took the initiative to found the Association "Les Langlois d'Amérique". His objective was to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the marriage of Noël Langlois and Françoise Garnier in 1634 at Beauport. Noël Langlois, as the fourth Frenchman to settle in New France and the second to be married there, ensured since then a continuous presence of the Langlois in North America.
With the support of some Langlois in the Quebec City area, Michel sought the incorporation of the Association that was born officially on March 24, 1983. At the time the members of the Executive Committee were Michel, President, from Quebec City; Jacques, Vice-President, from Île d'Orléans; Louis-Philippe, Treasurer, from Beauport; and Gisèle Langlois-Martel, Secretary-Archivist, from Sherbrooke. Their immediate challenge: to organize the first large gathering of the Langlois to celebrate Noël our first ancestor, and to ensure the growth of the Association.
THE FIRST REUNION
After several meetings, the preparations for this party were well under way: designing the crest and the motto of the Association; contacting other family associations (which led to the creation of the Quebec Federation of Founding Families by Michel, our genealogist); requesting financial assistance from the Ministry of Cultural Affairs to erect a monument to Noël Langlois and Françoise Garnier; sending some 5,000 invitations to the Langlois in the Province of Quebec; developing the program and the logistics for the festival; ordering a special Langlois vintage; etc.
Then, finally, it was party time! Registrations took place on Friday
July 27, 1985, followed by a reception at the Monseigneur-de-Laval
Centre in Beauport. Over two hundred Langlois registered. On Saturday
the 28th, a solemn mass was celebrated in the church of
Our-Lady- of- the-Nativity, at Beauport, by two Langlois priests: Father
Jacques Langlois, parish priest of Saint-Isidore-de- Dorchester, and
Father Gabriel Langlois, of Sainte-Luce- sur-Mer. Also celebrated was
the baptism of Pierre-Marc, descendant from Noël at the thirteenth
generation, the son of Christian Langlois and Lucie Blouin, from
Saint-Louis- de-Pintendre, and the grandson of Claude-Raymond Langlois.
After lunch, several events took place: the unvealing of the monument to the ancestor (across from the offices of Les Constructions du Saint-Laurent, at Beauport); a conference by Michel Langlois on the various Langlois ancestors; a banquet in the Beauport Arena (over 750 attendees); and a lively evening of entertainment, featuring the choir "La Turlute".
The current Board of Directors is composed of eleven members and
meets four times a year. The Executive Committee is composed of five
members: the President, the Vice-President, the Treasurer, the
Secretary and the Editor of our publications.