La Table Francaise

From Ohio History Central

La Table Francaise, translated as the French Table, was a social organization for French immigrants in Cleveland, Ohio.

Typical of other Ohio cities, Cleveland boasted a small French population for much of its history. By 1910, 494 French-born people resided in the city. Desiring to preserve their native culture and beliefs, in the 1910s, Cleveland's French residents established La Table Francaise. This organization consisted primarily of men who sought the camaraderie of other French men. Although Cleveland's French-born population never exceeded one thousand people, this organization survived for several decades. Like numerous other national groups, the French came to Ohio seeking a better life, but as La Table Francaise illustrates, they still continued many of their native practices.

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  1. Van Tassel, David D., and John J. Grabowski, eds. The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996.