The Center for French Colonial Studies’s Annual Meeting
October 12-14, 2018 in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.

The Center for French Colonial Studies solicits abstracts for papers to be presented at its annual meeting to be held October 12-13, 2018 in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. The focus of this year’s conference will be on Kaskaskia and the surrounding region, although papers on related topics will also be considered. Please send the following information to no later than Friday, May 4, 2018:

Title of presentation
300-500 word abstract
Contact information (name, affiliation, phone number, email)
Short bio/CV
Any questions may be addressed to the email listed above as well.


Welcome to the Center for French Colonial Studies
2018 Annual Conference in Ste. Genevieve, MO
Highlighting Kaskaskia, Illinois and Environs


Church of the Immaculate Conception, Kaskaskia, Illinois


Did you know that Kaskaskia was the first capitol of the state of Illinois and that Pierre Menard, a Frenchman, was the first lieutenant governor? Did you know that the Jesuits established the mission at Kaskaskia in 1703 and that Illinois was admitted as the 21ststate in the Union in 1818?  Come to the CFCS conference October 12-14 to learn more about historical French Illinois Country.

Friday, October 12 Events

There will be a Friday morning tour to Kaskaskia’s Church of the Immaculate Conception and the Pierre Menard home. If you are coming from a distance, you should plan to arrive Thursday, October 11, as the carpool line will begin forming around 7:30 (definite time announced later).  Emily Lyons will give brief talks at both sites. The last stop will be at Fort Kaskaskia, where one can take in the beautiful view of the Mississippi River and the remainder of what was French Kaskaskia.

Lunch is on one’s own. Trip Advisor restaurant suggestions are listed below:

Chester, IL

Reid’s Harvest House
2440 State Street

Ol’ Farmhouse Café-Bakery
639 State Street

Salty Dawg Bar and Grill
2005 State Street

Mr. Kenny’s BBQ
2453 State Street

Barb’s Bounty
832 Lehmen Drive

Ste. Genevieve, MO

Chaumette Vineyard and Winery
24345 St., Rt. WW
(Leaf Season–Reservation required ASAP for Chaumette)

Anvil Restaurant & Saloon
46 S. Third Street

Stella and Me
198 North Main Street

Audubon’s of Ste. Genevieve
9 North Main Street

Beanik Café
122 North Main

The afternoon is free. Board members will meet Friday afternoon at a time and place to be announced later.

A Friday night reception for all conference attendees will be held in Ste. Genevieve, time and place to be announced later.

The afternoon is free. Board members will meet Friday afternoon at a time and place to be announced later.

A Friday night reception for all conference attendees will be held in Ste. Genevieve, time and place to be announced later.


Saturday, October 13 Events

The Saturday conference and dinner will be held at the DuBourg Centre, located on the Square in Ste. Genevieve.  Starting times and other details will be announced later.


Sunday, October 14 Events

The Sunday activity will be the French and Indian War Encampment at Fort de Chartres, Il.  The surrender of the fort to the British in 1765 marked the end of the French and Indian War.  There will be craft demonstrations, battle reenactments, and shooting competitions.

Handicap parking spaces and a gravel walking path are available.  Handicap restrooms are located in the museum via a ramp in the back of the building.

This is an “on your own” activity.  There are two routes to Fort de Chartres:

Via Ste. Genevieve Modoc Ferry:

Driving time from Ste. Genevieve is 45 minutes.  Take advantage of this route by ferrying across the Mississippi and imagining what it must have been like to navigate this mighty river in a French pirogue.  Round Trip ticket per car is $25.  Take Main Street north and follow signs to ferry.

Via Chester Bridge:

 Driving time from Ste. Genevieve is 1 hour 15 minutes.  Take St. Mary Road to US 61 South.  Turn left onto US 61 South and follow to Hwy H.  Turn left onto H. Continue to US 51.  Turn left on US 51.  Follow US 51 across the bridge and into Chester.  Turn left onto US 3.  Follow US 3 to State Road 155.  Turn left onto State Road 155 and follow to Fort de Chartres.



The conference hotel is the Microtel Inn and Suites, 21958 Highway 32, in Ste. Genevieve.  Please call 573-883-8884 (the local number) for reservations as soon as possible.  The fall foliage will be at its peak in mid-October, and rooms will be gone if you wait.

There are several other motels and quite a few bed and breakfast inns, so please consult for more information on other places to stay.  The bed and breakfasts are a little more expensive, but very nice.  A nice, hot breakfast in the B & B dining room is usually available, but the conference days will begin early, so one must rise early in order to partake of this feature.  Additional hotels are a new Holiday Inn Express in Perryville, a Best Western in Chester, IL and several other motels in Farmington, MO, but these venues are 30-45 minutes away from Ste. Genevieve.   Please make your reservation for overnight accommodations early.

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