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Francisco Luis Hector,

Francisco Luis Hector,
baron de Carondelet

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


January 10, 2018

The Search for French Carondelet

Presented By:

NiNi Harris

Description:

A program based on the study that NiNi Harris and Brian Kolde have been conducting on the Carondelet neighborhood of South St. Louis City searching for physical evidence of Colonial era or Territorial era French settlement in the area. They believe that a French structure still exists hidden behind building additions and layers of siding.

Author/historian NiNi Harris has written 15 books on St. Louis institutions, architecture and history. Her most recent book is "Downtown St. Louis". Brian Kolde is the past president of the Illinois Association for the Advancement of Archaeology.

Event price:

$15 per person - MEMBERS ONLY

Event hours:

  • 5:30pm

Location:

  • Carondelet Historical Society
    6303 Michigan Avenue
    Saint Louis, MO 63111
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