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Old cathedral during renovation

Old cathedral during renovation

December 6, 2016

Guided Tour of the Old Cathedral and Museum

Presented By:

Les Amis

Description:

For more information about the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France and its restoration please visit:
oldcathedralstl.org

Event hours:

  • 5:00pm

Location:

  • Tour:Old Cathedral St. Louis
    Optional reception: Anthony's Bar and Grill
Dennis Stroughmatt

Dennis Stroughmatt

November 17, 2016

French Creole Identity Through Music and Language in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley

Presented By:

Washington University in St. Louis and the John Burroughs School

Description:

Live concert as a part of the annual Gentry Lecture series

Event hours:

  • 4:30pm

Location:

  • Pillsbury Concert Hall
    560 Trinity at Delmar Blvd.

October 30, 2016

Huis Clos

Presented By:

Les Amis and additional sponsors

Description:

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

Event hours:

  • 5:00PM

Location:

  • St. Louis Priory School
    Kevin Kline Theatre
Felix Valle House

Felix Valle House
Ste. Genevieve, MO

September 29 - October 2, 2016

2016 Creole Conference

Presented By:

The Center for French Colonial Studies and The Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve

Description:

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:
Conference presentations
Annual meeting for the Center for French Colonial Studies
Dinner reception in the DuBourg Center

Sunday, October 2:
Self exploration of Ste. Genevieve, MO

Event hours:

  • Friday, Noon
    Saturday, 9:00am

Location:

  • Ste. Genevieve, MO
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island

August 15-20, 2016

Explore the Pays d'en Haut

Description:

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."


Itinerary

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


Transportation

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.


Cost

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.