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Old cathedral during renovation
December 6, 2016
Guided Tour of the Old Cathedral and Museum
For more information about the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France and its restoration please visit:
- Tour:Old Cathedral St. Louis
Optional reception: Anthony's Bar and Grill
November 17, 2016
French Creole Identity Through Music and Language in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley
Washington University in St. Louis and the John Burroughs School
Live concert as a part of the annual Gentry Lecture series
- Pillsbury Concert Hall
560 Trinity at Delmar Blvd.
October 30, 2016
Les Amis and additional sponsors
Huis Clos is one of Jean-Paul Sartre's most famous works, in which he illustrates his existentialist views by placing three characters in hell. "Hell is other people" is one of its famous conclusions. -Odile Tompkins
- St. Louis Priory School
Kevin Kline Theatre
Felix Valle House
Ste. Genevieve, MO
September 29 - October 2, 2016
2016 Creole Conference
The Center for French Colonial Studies and The Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve
Friday, September 30:
Morning tours of the Bauvais-Amoreux House and Felix Valle House
Afternoon tours of the Guibourd-Valle House and Church of Ste. Genevieve
Dinner reception at Baquette-Ribault House
Saturday, October 1:
Annual meeting for the Center for French Colonial Studies
Dinner reception in the DuBourg Center
Sunday, October 2:
Self exploration of Ste. Genevieve, MO
- Friday, Noon
- Ste. Genevieve, MO
August 15-20, 2016
Explore the Pays d'en Haut
Before Chouteau and St. Louis, there was Samuel de Champlain and Michigan. We will explore the earliest French settlements in what is now the U.S. Champlain inspired young men to study the geography and Indian life of western forests. One of them, Etienne Brule, fur trader and explorer, roamed all over the Great Lakes and in the 1600's, the French explored water routes connecting the Great Lakes with the Mississippi River. In 1634 Jean Nicolet, commissary and interpreter, was the first European to pass through the Straits of Mackinac into Lake Michigan. He was followed by missionaries who began to establish permanent settlements. Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet, cartographer and merchant, were the first Europeans to travel south to the Mississippi, the "Father of Waters."
Monday, August 15– Arrive by car or plane. Stay at Colonial Inn in Harbor Springs.
Tuesday, August 16 -- Visit Harbor Point (historic peninsula with spacious Victorian "cottages") and perhaps Petoskey (spend some time at Hemingway's favorite bar). Our hosts for a beach picnic will be Liza and Bob Streett. Horse-drawn surreys replace automobiles. Other activities may include a boat ride in the harbor (or a sail on the Streett's boat). Dinner at Carolyn and Kevin Farrell's home on Crooked Lake. Stay at Colonial Inn in Harbor Springs.
Wednesday, August 17 – A visit to Fort Michilimackinac (established before 1694), Mackinaw City, lunch at a French cuisine school in Hessel, followed by a sunset cruise through the Straits and a night at the Iroquois Hotel on Mackinac Island.
Thursday, August 18 -- Carriage rides on Mackinac Island and ferry to Bois Blanc, visit to Fort Mackinac, lunch at Grand Hotel Golf Club. Stay at the Iroquois Hotel.
Friday, August 19 – Depart for home or continue your exploration of the area.
We are also investigating other historical activities. The French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan offers information about the area, and there are many museums and historical sites, in addition to lovely scenery and the usual attractions
Travel will be by plane to Pellston or by automobile (approximately 11 hours). A full day should be allowed for travel each way, as this area is not easily accessed.
Estimated cost per person is $2000, including airfare, hotels, meals, transportation and admission to sites. Travel by automobile saves the cost of air travel, approximately $650.