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Mexican News, engraving by Alfred Jones, after Richard Caton Woodville.  New York, 1853.  From the Collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Mexican News, engraving by Alfred Jones, after Richard Caton Woodville. New York, 1853. From the Collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

As space is limited, this program is for Les-Amis members and their guests. Membership is open to all interested persons.


February 4, 2018

"Headlines of History" Private Mercantile Library Tour

Presented By:

Dr. Anne Juneau Craver

Description:

Through the Eyes of La Revue de l'Ouest: The St. Louis French Community in 1854. The extraordinary Mercantile collection of newspapers from the earliest printed in America includes an extensive number of French language papers published in St. Louis, in addition to the first English language paper from 1808, published in St. Louis, Louisiana.

After the signing of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, scholars, in general, and most St. Louisans, in particular, think that the French disappeared from St. Louis. Nothing could be further from the truth. The St. Louis French community thrives economically, socially and culturally for years afterward. Proof of their existence can be seen through the eyes of the Revue of l'Ouest (Review of the West), the most successful St. Louis French newspaper, published in 1854. After briefly tracing the many attempts to publish a newspaper in French in St. Louis, we will explore insights into this vibrant St. Louis French communityin 1854 thanks to the editorials and advertisements of the Revue de l'Ouest.

Anne Juneau Craver, a St. Louis native and longtime, loyal Ami, has held a variety of positions over the years as a U.S. Department of Defense translator, professor of French and Comparative Literature and most recently, as an attorney. Her degrees include a BA, cum laude, in French/Chinese from St. Louis University, an MA in French/Chinese from St. Louis University, a PhD in Comparative Literature with French, Persian and Arabic languages from Washington University in St. Louis and a JD from St. Louis University School of Law. In 2001, the French government awarded her the Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques.

She is currently working on a book on La Revue de l'Ouest, the most successful French newspaper published in St. Louis in 1854 and it's editor and publisher, Louis Cortambert.

Event price:

$12.50 per person - MEMBERS ONLY

Event hours:

  • 3pm, followed by tea reception

Location:

  • UMSL
    1 University Blvd.
    Saint Louis, MO 63121

As space is limited, this program is for Les-Amis members and their guests. Membership is open to all interested persons.


June 24, 2018

"The Battle of St. Louis and the Attack on Cahokia" by Stephen Kling

Presented By:

Hosted by Rich and Judee Sauget

Description:

SAVE THE DATE

Event hours:

  • 2:00pm

Location:

  • Sauget, IL