ROCKLAND — The Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., presents author/researcher David Vermette Thursday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. This event is free and open to all.

Two million New Englanders are French-Canadian or Acadian descendants, and yet they remain among the least known historic immigrant communities. Vermette’s talk, “Another Border: French-Canadian Emigration to New England,” will place these late 19th and early 20th century immigrants in a broad historical context that includes the early French presence in North America; the events after the Civil War that drew French-Canadians to the textile industry in particular; and the little-known story of the opposition and conspiracy-mongering they faced, on a national level, when they arrived.

Vermette is the author of the book “A Distinct Alien Race: The Untold Story of Franco-Americans” (Montreal: Baraka Books, 2018). He is a writer, editor, researcher, blogger and frequent speaker on the subject of New England’s Franco-Americans. Vermette was born and raised in Massachusetts.

This event will take place in the community room with limited seating, and simultaneously stream over Zoom. For a link to the Zoom event, please email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov by 4 p.m. on April 21 and identify the event you are interested in attending in the subject line.