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September 26, 2017

Saviors of Our French Creole Heritage

Presented By:

The State of Missouri Department of Natural Resources with Les Amis and the Colonial Dames of America

Description:

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.

Event price:

$44.00 for club guests (service charge included); cash bar - MEMBERS ONLY

Event hours:

  • 6:00pm Aperitifs
    6:45pm Programme
    7:45pm Le Diner Creole

Location:

  • 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

Presented By:

Les Amis

Description:

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.

SPEAKERS:
Director of Missouri Division of State Parks, Department of Natural Resources
Ben Ellis

Former Administrator of the Felix Valle' Historical Site
Jim Baker

Director of Centre Francophone Representing France
Lionel Cuille'

President & CEO, Missouri Historical Society
Dr. Frances Levine

Chairman Emeritus, Les Amis & Mistress of Ceremonies
Elizabeth Gentry Sayad

Other Elected Officials
TBA

Ribbon Cutting

Event price:

Seating & complimentary reception - MEMBERS ONLY

Event hours:

  • 3:00pm
    Les Amis reception follows
    Chaumette Winery Tasting Rooms.
    4-5pm
    (five-minute walk south on St. Mary's Rd. in the Bequette-Ribaud House).

Location:

  • 244 St. Mary's Road
    Ste. Genevieve, Missouri

July 15, 2017

Celebrate the day after Bastille Day in Paris, Missouri

Presented By:

Les Amis

Description:

Join Les Amis on a day trip to Paris, Missouri, one of the twelve towns with the name Paris in the US. If inspired, we can storm the Monroe County Courthouse, built in 1865.

We will also picnic (Sugarfire lunch provided) at the Boudreau Center, which features the flora and fauna of the area, on the shore of the Reviere au Sel, now known as the Salt River and dammed up to become Mark Twain Lake. A visit to "The Shrine" as it is locally known, the birthplace of Mark Twain, will also be included.

Suggested advance reading material is New York Times bestseller "Bettyville" by local resident George Hodgman. George has included a sentimental history of the town's recent decline from a bustling mercantile center for northeast Missouri to a quiet shadow of its previous existence in this bittersweet, humorous memoir about caring for his mother in her last days. George will be our host at Bettyville, his home in Paris.

Event price:

$75 per person

Event hours:

  • Bus boards at 8:45am and leaves at 9am from the southwest corner of Plaza Frontenac.

Location:

  • Travel to Paris, Missouri

June 29, 2017

"The Spanish Colonial Period in St. Louis"

Presented By:

Bonnie Vega

Description:

From 1769-1803 there would be seven Spanish lieutenant governors of Upper Louisiana headquartered at St. Louis. Neither the French nor Spanish governments ever sold any portion of the Royal Domain in Upper Louisiana; they gave it away in the form of grants. During that time, many land grants were issued to settlers in the area. Oral concessions were common; unfortunately, many were never committed to writing. This failure to record land titles would leave a bitter legacy in St. Louis when it became an American city.

Bonnie Vega has been sought for some time to do a program for Les Amis. Ms. Vega is a descendant of the first French Canadians who later came here, helped found Kaskaskia and Ste. Genevieve. Her deep knowledge of local culture has been shared with many groups at the Missouri History Museum and other groups around the St. Louis Metropolitan area.

Event hours:

  • 5:30pm, Reception follows at 6:30pm

Location:

  • Clayton Financial Group, LLC
    165 North Meramec, Suite 130
    Clayton, MO 63105

May 9, 2017

Les Amis Annual Meeting

Presented By:

Les Amis

Description:

Brief Annual Reports, 5:30-5:45pm

Mr. Hart will discuss the Green Tree Tavern, the Ste. Genevieve Historic Landmark District and its place in the context of the Creole Corridor on both sides of the Mississippi River. Located at 244 Old St. Marys Road, the Green Tree Tavern was built in the late 18th century by Nicholas Janis. It is a transitional building designed of poteaux-en-terre construction with an original Anglo American roof truss system.

Bill Hart has been employed by the Missouri Preservation since 2008, when he was hired in tandem by the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation and the National Trust for Historic Preservation through its "Partners in the Field Program". This innovative program was designed to bring "boots on the ground" preservation services to communities statewide, especially those underserved by a preservation professional. Bill is a 5th generation Missourian who received his undergraduate degree in Historic Preservation from Southeast Missouri State University. He completed his graduate course of study in Architectural History at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he received the Tau Sigma Delta Bronze medal for excellence in architectural history. He is particularly interested in rural and roadside historic resources. He was instrumental in starting Missouri's first barn alliance to support the preservation of our states' barns and farmsteads, and has sought to recognize Missouri's endangered roadside buildings and attractions while at the same time bolstering small town heritage tourism. To this end he recently authored, "Historic Missouri Roadsides", a guide to Missouri travel which includes six road trips on the state's two lane highways.

The Roberts' mansion is one of the most elegant in the Central West End. Their restoration includes a solarium where the meeting will take place.

Event price:

$20 per person - Members Only

Event hours:

  • 5:30pm Sharp

Location:

  • One Westmoreland Place
    Hosts: Eve and Steve Roberts