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September 22, 2018

Fall History Conference

Presented By:

Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve
"Preserving America's French Colonial History"


The Foundation's Fall History Conference is held each September in historic Ste. Genevieve and features speaker presentations highlighting people and events which influenced the early founding of Ste. Genevieve and the Upper Louisiana Territory.
The Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve's history conference will begin the evening of Friday, September 21st, with a complimentary reception. The formal conference will be held from 9:00AM to 4:00PM on Saturday, September 22, 2018.

Here are the speakers and topics in the order of their appearances for this year's Conference.

Morning Session
Dr. Margaret Brown - "Sentenced to the Illinois-Lives of Some Deported Convicts"
Bob Priddy - "Let He Who is Without a Quarry Throw the First Stone - Rebuilding the MO Capital"
Dr. Carl Ekberg - "Marie-Claire Catoire: A Remarkable Parisian in Colonial Ste. Genevieve"

Lunch time speakers:
Sandra Cabot - "Update on the Ste. Genevieve National Park"
Bob Priddy - "Center for Missouri Studies and the Missouri Bicentennial"

Afternoon Session
Dr. David MacDonald - "Cannons at Ste. Genevieve"
Don Strand - "Suzette and the Above-Ground Railroad"
Jim Baker - "From Missouri to West Point:Native Sons of Upper Louisiana"

For the registration form for this year's conference go to:

Event price:

$50 per person ($45 for Foundation members)

September 7, 2018

An Evening of Memories on World War I

Presented By:

La Societe Francaise de St. Louis
invites you to come and hear World War I - related narratives


Artifact exhibition
Randy Beck:"Over There:Americans in France during the Great War."

I - Memories

Elizabeth Allen, Ph.D.:
"Three Women, 1914-1918."

Anne Craver, Ph.D.:
"In Memory of Louis Jouniaux and WWI Poems: Sandburg's "Grass" and Apollinaire's "Si je mourrais la-bas".

Isabelle Heidbreder, Director, Alliance Francaise de St. Louis:
"WWI, The Animal Factor: Animals in the War".

Elsie Parker, Musician:
"American Soldier Raymond T. Parker-wounded in action Meuse-Argonne, with unusual assignments while in recovery."

Mimi Stiritz, President, Les Amis:
"Alexander Nicolas DeMenil: French Creole Response to American Neurality and the Politics of St. Louis Ethnics, 1914-1917."

(all presentations 10 minutes)

II - Short Documentary Films (presented by Jean-Louis Pautrot):

Frances Cluett, infirmiere de guerre
Les Harlem Hellfighters
James Reese Europe, Jazz King of WWI
Eugene Jacques Bullard, first African-American War Pilot

Event hours:

  • Starts at 7PM


  • Alliance Francaise de Saint Louis
    930 North McKnight Road
    University City, MO 63132

June 24, 2018

"The Battle of St. Louis and the Attack on Cahokia" by Stephen Kling

Presented By:

Hosted by Rich and Judee Sauget


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


  • 1 Longue Vue Station
    Sauget, IL 62206

    116 Church Street
    Cahokia, IL 62206

May 30, 2018


Presented By:

Bob Moore


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


  • 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


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


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