The Center for French Colonial Studies held its annual conference from October 12-14, 2018 in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. The focus of this year’s conference was on Kaskaskia and the surrounding region, although the schedule covered a variety of topics of interest to a wide public.

Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to the success of the event.

Plans for the 2019 conference are already underway.  We will be meeting in Mackinaw City, Michigan, October 4-6.  More details to come!


The activities of the Center are recorded in its quarterly publication, Le Journal, that carries news, articles, book reviews and research materials. In addition the Center publishes monographs related to the French presence in the upper Mississippi Valley.

The annual meeting takes place every fall, each year in a different location associated with the French presence in the Mississippi Valley: Prairie du Rocher (Illinois), Ste. Geneviève (Missouri), St. Louis (Missouri), Peoria (Illinois), Prairie du Chien (Wisconsin), Old Mines (Missouri), Natchitoches (Louisiana), Monroe (Michigan), Green Bay (Wisconsin), Pascagoula (Mississippi), Vincennes (Indiana), Windsor (Ontario),etc. The annual meeting is generally organized in cooperation with a local university or historical society. It includes the presentation of papers by academic and non-attached historians and provides an opportunity for socializing.