Bringing the region’s notable French Creole history to the attention of the general public.
The origins of Les Amis-St. Louis (“The Friends”), a Missouri not-for-profit corporation, are rooted in the French Heritage Relief Committee formed during the 1993 flood of the Mississippi River to support the preservation of the endangered historic resources of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri and the surrounding historic French Creole corridor.
Since its inception, Les Amis-St. Louis has sponsored programs, tours, lectures and books contributing to a greater understanding and appreciation of the French heritage of the region and has provided funds to purchase and restore significant historic French Creole architecture,
Les Amis-St. Louis’s greatest achievement, and indeed its most daunting continuing task, is to bring the region’s notable French Creole history to the attention of the general public. Public interest and concern are vital to the continued preservation and further understanding of Missouri’s significant past.
The mission of Les Amis-St. Louis is to promote education, preservation and awareness of French Creole heritage and culture in the mid-Mississippi River Valley.