Jesse, like his parents, grew up in Manchester, NH. Jesse’s parents attended L’École Saint-Georges which was a bilingual school with instruction received in both English and French. Jesse has traced all branches of his family tree back to towns in Québec. He is on the Board of Trustees of the Franco-American Centre of Manchester.
Jesse is a product of Manchester’s Catholic school system, having attended St. Anthony Elementary School, St. Joseph Junior High School and Trinity High School. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the George Washington University in DC and a Juris Doctor Degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. At Temple, Jesse was a member of the Temple Law Review.
Jesse has served two terms as a State Representative in the New Hampshire General Court. He currently works as an Academic Advisor at Southern New Hampshire University.
Mike grew up in Laconia, NH. His Memere would make Pork Pie for the holidays but that was about all he knew about his French-Canadian heritage.
His Mom and Memere would speak French when they didn’t want him or his dad to know what they were talking about.
Melody “Desjardins” Keilig
Melody is a freelance writer and runs her own blog, Moderne Francos. The blog is all about creating new traditions for the Franco-Americans of today, as well as remembering stories of the past.
She has an affinity for French-Canadian surnames and writes under Mélody Desjardins, in remembrance of her mémère. She is originally from Wilton, NH, and spent most of her formative years in Lake Sundown, IA. She currently resides in New Hampshire.
You check out her blog here: https://modernefrancos.com/