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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:

2PM Stephen Kling Lecture at Log Church

3PM Holy Family Museum Tour

4PM Wine and Dinner & Milice De Ste. Famille at home of Judee and Richard Sauget

Event price:

$25 per person

Event hours:

  • Starts at 2:00pm

Location:

  • 1 Longue Vue Station
    Sauget, IL 62206

    116 Church Street
    Cahokia, IL 62206

May 30, 2018

LES AMIS ANNUAL MEETING

Presented By:

Bob Moore

Description:

NEW DIRECTIONS, NEW EXHIBITS AT GATEWAY ARCH NATIONAL PARK
Historian Bob Moore will present a program previewing the new exhibits beneath the Gateway Arch, stated to open July 3rd. The program will detail the planning, design and completed exhibit spaces, featuring the exhibit area telling the story of French Colonial St. Louis.

Bob Moore has been the historian for the National Park Service at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, Missouri since 1991. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University, and Masters and Ph.D. degrees from Washington University in St. Louis, where he teaches as an adjunct professor in University College and the Graduate School of Architecture. He is the author of eight books, including "The Gateway Arch: An Architectural Dream"; "Lewis and Clark: Tailor Made", "Trail Worn" and "Native Americans: the Art of George Catlin, Karl Bodmer and Charles Bird King".

LES AMIS is honored to meet in the Law Library Association of St. Louis, an architectural gem that was custom designed for its prestigious location on the top floor of St. Louis's historic Civil Courts Building, opened in 1930 to designs of local architects Kilpstein and Rathmann/Plaza Commission, Inc. The founding of the Law Library dates back to 1838.

Event price:

$15 per person, includes reception MEMBERS ONLY

Event hours:

  • 5:30pm

Location:

  • Civil Courts Building
    10 North Tucker Blvd.
    Saint Louis, MO 63101
    Program in Law Library Association of St. Louis, 13th floor. Reception follows on 12th floor

March 25, 2018

Classic French Film Festival

Presented By:

Les Amis

Description:

Pepe le Moko (1937)
in French with English subtitles
Starring Jean Gabin, Directed by Julien Duvivier

"Come with me to the Casbah". We've all heard that line, but where did it come from? It's from the great French gangster film and romance "Pepe le Moko", which caused a sensation when it was released in 1937. The Casbah was the Arab quarter of Algiers, and Pepe, a notorious and dashing French criminal, is hiding there. But he longs to return to Paris. He's safe in the Casbah--the police can't find him in its cavernous streets and alleys--but when a rich Parisian woman visits the Casbah in search of thrills and meets Pepe, the temptation to return to the City of Light becomes overwhelming.

"Pepe le Moko" was remade in America as "Algiers" (with Hedy Lamarr and Charles Boyer) and it was the inspiration for "Casablanca" and later, "The Third Man". Graham Greene said that "Pepe le Moko" was "one of the most exciting and moving films I can remember seeing", and Jean Cocteau called it a "masterpiece". The film stars the French actor Jean Gabin in the prime of his career and at his most handsome.

The screening is sponsored by Les Amis, and is part of Cinema St. Louis's Classic French Film Festival. The film (a rare 35mm print), will be introduced by Les Amis board member and film scholar Robert Garrick, who will also lead a short discussion after it ends, followed by a reception for Les Amis members.

Event hours:

  • 7pm

Location:

  • Webster University, Moore Auditorium
    470 East Lockwood
    Webster Groves, MO 63119
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.

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
Francisco Luis Hector,

Francisco Luis Hector,
baron de Carondelet

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