A Great City From The Start: The Founding & Lasting Significance of St. Louis - Schedule




Missouri History Museum

5700 Lindell Blvd, St Louis  MO  63112

Friday, Feb 14, 2014


with honored guests--     

His Excellency, Ambassador Ramón Gil-Casares of Spain

The French Consul General, Monsieur Graham Paul     

Chief John Red Eagle, The Osage Tribe     

Délégué du Québec au Midwest, Eric Marquis


8:30 AM to 9:00 AM   Registration at the Missouri History Museum


9:00 AM to 9:45 AM

Founding a French City

J. Frederick Fausz, University of Missouri-St. Louis

"Creating St. Louis: A “Civilized Wilderness” of Multicultural Cooperation"

Bob Moore, National Park Service

"The Physical Geography of Early St. Louis: What Spatial History Can Tell Us"


9:45 AM-11:30 AM

St Louis in Historical Perspective

Jay Gitlin, chair


Bob Morrissey, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign:

"Empire by Collaboration: St Louis, the Illinois Country, and the French Colonial Empire"

Karen Marrero, Illinois-Urbana:

"Roots and Routes: Mapping Women in the French Colonial World"

Patricia Cleary, California State University, Long Beach:

"Fashion on the Frontier: Clothing Choices and Cultural Identities in Colonial St. Louis"

Alexandre Dubé, Washington University:

"Colonists and Commodities: St Louis and the Politics of Colonial America"


11:30 AM to Noon

Book Signing

Missouri Historical Museum


Noon - 2:00 PM

Luncheon at Washington University, hosted by Chancellor Mark Wrighton

(Transportation will be provided.)


2:00 PM to 3:15 PM

La Ville et Une Ville: New Orleans and St. Louis in Comparative Perspective

William Foley,  University of Central Missouri (emeritus), chair


Lawrence Powell, Tulane University:

"St Louis and New Orleans:  Why the Son Overtook the Father"

Katherine Mooney, Washington University:

"Making Slavery and Freedom at the Racetrack in New Orleans and St. Louis"

John Lawrence, The Historic New Orleans Collection:

"View from Upper Louisiana:  Pierre Clement Laussat's Concerns and Contacts, 1803-04"


3:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Peter Kastor, Washington University:

"Gateway to the West from Lewis & Clark to the Louisiana Purchase Gift Shop:

Explorers and Profits, Maps and Memorials"


4:00 PM to 5:15 PM

Maintaining the French Connection of St Louis

Carl Brasseaux, University of Lafayette, Louisiana (emeritus), chair


Anne Juneau Craver and

John Neal Hoover, St. Louis Mercantile Library Association, University of Missouri-St. Louis:

"Revue de L'Ouest: Louis Cortambert and “l'Esprit français" in St Louis in 1854"

Lionel Cuillé, Webster University, Centre francophone:

"The Francophone Community in St Louis Today/ La communauté francophone à St Louis aujourd'hui"


5:15 PM to 5:30 PM

Jay Gitlin, Yale University:

"A Great American City: Making the Case for St. Louis History"



Dinner - Black Tie (optional) or Colonial Dress

Windows on Washington, 1601 Washington Ave, St Louis, MO 63103

7:00 PM  Cocktails (cash bar)

8:00 PM   Dinner (wine included)

Hosted by the Yale Club of St Louis and Les Amis

Entertainment: Poor People of Paris

After-Dinner Talk:

Ryan Brasseaux, Yale University

"Being French in North America"

Click here to learn more about the featured symposium speakers.