Show Me Missouri Speakers Bureau Lecture: Dennis Stroughmatt

Dec
10
10:00 am
Where

Trinity Lutheran Church
14088 Clayton Road
Chesterfield, MO 63017

Where

Trinity Lutheran Church
14088 Clayton Road
Chesterfield, MO 63017

In French Fiddle Tunes and Tall Tales: The French Creole Story of Missouri

Beginning in 1699 with the building of villages like Cahokia and Kaskaskia along the Mississippi River, and later Ste Genevieve and St Louis, French colonists from Western France and Quebec would merge with the native populations of modern-day Missouri to create a Creole culture that is still unique from its cousins in Louisiana and Canada even today. As this early Missouri population grew throughout the mid and late 18th century and changed the wild Missouri landscape to one with a distinct French flavor, it would eventually leave its legacy through not only town names and landmarks, but also songs, language, stories, and food. Via 300 hundred-year-old songs and stories, this exciting program will take the listener on a fascinating trip through the French Creole history of Missouri from both a historical and cultural perspective and will highlight the enduring French identity of places like Ste Genevieve and Old Mines through ancient French folktales, haunting ballads, and foot-stomping fiddle tunes.

Host Organizations

American Association of University Women Ballwin-Chesterfield Branch
St. Louis County, MO

Please contact the host organization for specific guidelines related to COVID-19.

Event Contact Information

Marcia Block
(314) 550-9041
mhblock@sbcglobal.net