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Francisco Luis Hector,
baron de Carondelet
January 10, 2018
The Search for French Carondelet
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.
$15 per person - MEMBERS ONLY
- Carondelet Historical Society
6303 Michigan Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63111
Saint Francis de Sales Church
December 13, 2017
Les Amis Christmas Program
The St. Francis de Sales church campus occupies an entire city block at the corner of Gravois and Ohio in South St. Louis. The cathedral-like church is a story of a growing melting-pot America.
In the new country, and in a city named after a benevolent king of France, a German American congregation built a Gothic Revival church in 1867, under the patronage of a French saint. The imported German architectural design by Englebert Seibertz was modified by an immigrant, Victor Klutho, originally from Alsace-Lorraine. This immense church was built to last. The new St. Franci de Sales church symbolized the hopes and dreams of the immigrants, deeply rooted in the traditions and heritage of their forefathers. It was a brick-and-motar symbol of American values of the time: faith of the immigrants, beauty and grandeaur in the midst of hard work and sacrifice, venerable traditions in a new land, and stalwart hope for the future. In July 2005, an important change took place in the effort to preserve St. Francis de Sales church: it was erected as an Oratory of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest ("Institute"), serving St. Louis as the premier center of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Latin Mass).
During the tour you will witness the superb craftsmanship of the ornate reredos at the main altar, the work of another German immigrant, Egid Hackner of LaCrosse, Wisconsin. The beautiful stained glass windows were designed and crafted by a fine artisan Emil Frei, orginally from Bavaria. The interior of the church is filled with emblems of the old country, and the saints venerated by their ancestors. You will also see the present organ, built for this church and installed in 1924 by the Wicks Organ Company. It is a fine example of the tonal ideas of the Wicks Company of the 1920's; and indeed the ideals of pipe organ building of that era. It is a very full specification of tonal colors, comprising the voice families of Flutes, Strings and Diapasons. All of the voices are designed as solo voices and used together to create an orchestral or symphonic sound. To read more about the history of the church please visit: www.traditionfortomorrow.com
$15 per person-MEMBERS ONLY
Private Tour & Reception
- Saint Francis de Sales Church
2653 Ohio Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63118
Dr. Brett Rushforth, Assistant Professor of History, University of Oregon
November 2, 2017
Annual Gentry Lecture
"Deep Roots, Long Shadows: Sacagawea, Char bonneau, and the French Empire in Missouri"
Brett Rushforth is a scholar of the early modern Atlantic world whose research focuses on comparative slavery, Native North America, and French colonialism and empire. His most recent book, "Bonds of Alliance: Indigenous and Atlantic Slaveries in New France", examines the enslavement of American Indians by French colonists and their Native allies, tracing the dynamic interplay between Native systems of captivity and slavery and French plantation-based racial slavery. In 2013, "Bonds of Alliance" was named the best book on American social history by the Organization of American Historians (Curti Award), the best book on French colonialism before 1848 by the French Colonial Historical Society (Boucher Prize), the best book on the history of European expansion by the Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction (FEEGI Biennial Book Prize), and the best book on French history and culture by the Center for French and Francophone Studies at Duke University (Wylie Prize). It was also one of three nominated finalists for the Frederick Douglass Book Prize for the best book on the history of slavery.
The talk will use the story of Sacagawea to trace ways that much earlier practices of French-Native relations-in Montreal, in the Great Lakes region, and along the Missouri River-shaped the contours of intercultural relations into the nineteenth century. Beginning with a familiar cast of characters (Lewis and Clark, Charbonneau, Sacagawea), this talk will work backward to show how understanding the more distant and unfamiliar can shift our understanding of what seems familiar.
$15 per person-MEMBERS ONLY
Les Amis Reception follows in Busch 18, next building east of January Hall from 5:30 to 6:30pm
- January Hall, Room 110
Washington University, Danforth Campus
September 26, 2017
Saviors of Our French Creole Heritage
The State of Missouri Department of Natural Resources with Les Amis and the Colonial Dames of America
The National Society of Colonial Dames in Missouri and the State of Missouri with support from Les Amis own six properties each in Missouri's oldest European settlement, Ste. Genevieve.
Tandy Thompson of the Colonial Dames and Jim Baker, former administrator of properties in Ste. Genevieve for the State Parks Department, will each make a short PowerPoint presentation. Discussion and questions will follow. Members of the Colonial Dames and Les Amis will be invited to join this program.
A U.S. National Park is scheduled to open in Ste. Genevieve on state owned properties in the coming year. The Creole Corridor, which spans both sides of the Mississippi River, has been nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
$44.00 for club guests (service charge included); cash bar - MEMBERS ONLY
- 6:00pm Aperitifs
7:45pm Le Diner Creole
- St. Louis Woman's Club
4600 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, Missouri
September 22, 2017
Official Dedication of the Green Tree Tavern as part of the Felix Valle' Historic Site
The Green Tree Tavern (Janis House)
newly acquired by the Missouri Division of State Parks with the assistance from Les Amis.
Green Tree joins MSP the historic Janis-Ziegler House, commonly known as the Green Tree Tavern, in Ste. Genevieve. It was purchased by the state in March for addition to the Felix Valle State Historic Site, with partial funding provided by Les Amis, a friends group. Thought by some to be the oldest remaining building in town, perhaps dating to about 1790, it served as both a home and an inn, and it is considered to have the least altered interior of any French vernacular vertical-log structure in the city. It was meticulously restored by Hilliard and Bonnie Goldman, who long hoped it would one day enter the state park system. With federal legislation in the works in both houses of Congress to establish a National Park unit in Ste. Genevieve that would incorporate both of the State's two other vertical log buildings, the Beauvais-Amoureux and Delassus-Kern houses. The addition of the Green Tree would leave the state park system with one of the most disinctive of the town's more than two dozen such structures for which Ste. Genevieve is internationally known.
Director of Missouri Division of State Parks, Department of Natural Resources
Former Administrator of the Felix Valle' Historical Site
Director of Centre Francophone Representing France
President & CEO, Missouri Historical Society
Dr. Frances Levine
Chairman Emeritus, Les Amis & Mistress of Ceremonies
Elizabeth Gentry Sayad
Other Elected Officials
Seating & complimentary reception - MEMBERS ONLY
Les Amis reception follows
Chaumette Winery Tasting Rooms.
(five-minute walk south on St. Mary's Rd. in the Bequette-Ribaud House).
- 244 St. Mary's Road
Ste. Genevieve, Missouri