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July 15, 2017
Celebrate the day after Bastille Day in Paris, Missouri
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.
$75 per person
- Bus boards at 8:45am and leaves at 9am from the southwest corner of Plaza Frontenac.
- Travel to Paris, Missouri
June 29, 2017
"The Spanish Colonial Period in St. Louis"
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.
- 5:30pm, Reception follows at 6:30pm
- Clayton Financial Group, LLC
165 North Meramec, Suite 130
Clayton, MO 63105
May 9, 2017
Les Amis Annual Meeting
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.
$20 per person - Members Only
- 5:30pm Sharp
- One Westmoreland Place
Hosts: Eve and Steve Roberts
April 5, 2017
Colonial Arkansas Women
Judge Morris Arnold
A profusely illustrated description of the lives of the women of Arkansas Post in the eighteenth century, from the most elite to captive Indians who became slaves and concubines of the French hunters of the region. Arkansas post was a trading post at the confluence of the Mississippi and Arkansas rivers.
Morris S. Arnold is a United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit who lives in Little Rock, AR. Arnold has been studying the colonial Arkansas region for 35 years and has published five books and twenty-five articles on the subject. He is a Chevalier dans I'Ordre des Palmes Academiques and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
- 5:30pm Sharp
- The Wilson School's Innovation Room
400 De Mun Ave., Clayton, MO 63105
Reception follows at 6:30pm at
12 Wydown Terrace
Les Amis group in Charleston
March 27-30, 2017
Les Amis Tour of French Charleston, South Carolina
Join the traveling Les Amis as we visit the French Low Country March 27th to 30th.
Our destination is Charleston and environs, where French Huguenots straight from France arrived in the late 1600's. We will visit the French Huguenot Church in Charleston and have a walking tour of the French Quarter, including visits to the Washington-Heyward House (1772 and the home of Thomas of Thomas Heyward, Jr.,signer of the Declaration of Independence) and the Manigault House (1803).
We will take a day trip with guide to the French Santee area near McClellanville and visit the Church of St. James-Santee Parish, built by the Huguenots and Scots-Irish in 1768, and a nearby plantation, Hampton. Then on to Hopsewee plantation (before 1740), a fascinating fully restored frame home and slave cabins, where we will have a full "Southern Tea" (qualifies as a lunch).
Our stay will begin and end with receptions featuring local French aficionados. There will also be ample time to explore other Charleston features such as museums, shops, and restaurants. You may want to come earlier or stay longer to visit Savannah, Georgetown, or other enticements nearby.
Estimated to be $1,250 per person
- Charleston, South Carolina