Center for French Colonial Studies

2020 Conference

Drury Inn St. Louis, Crève Coeur, Missouri

October 16-18, 2020

The Center for French Colonial Studies is pleased to announce that its 2020 conference will be held at the Drury Inn St. Louis located in Crève Coeur, 11980 Olive Boulevard.

Conference Flyer

Call for Proposals

We are currently accepting proposals for presentations at the 2020 conference.  For more information about submitting a proposal, click HERE.

Hotel Information

The Drury Inn lies in an ideal location at the intersection of I-270 and Olive Boulevard. The CFCS will hold a small number of rooms for Thursday, October 15.  More rooms will be held for the nights of October 16 & 17.  These rooms will be held until September 13, after which time the rooms will be released to the general public.  You may still book after the cutoff date if rooms are available.  Booking your room as soon as possible is recommended.

The hotel serves a free hot breakfast for Drury overnight guests.  There is also free Wi-Fi and free covered parking on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors of the Drury building.  You won’t get wet if it is raining!  There is also a pool, fitness center and business center for your use.

To reserve a room online click HERE.  To reserve a room by phone call 1-800-325-0720 and refer to your group number:  2404187.  The special room rate of $140 + tax applies only for the dates of Oct. 13-19.

Friday Reception

The Friday reception will be from 5:30-7:00 pm in the eating area in the front part of Drury Inn.  Hot food and wine, beer and soft drinks will be available.  Hotel guests will enjoy this reception without cost (allowance of 3 glasses of wine/beer per person), and will be given a coupon for the reception when checking in.  Non-Drury guests will enjoy the reception at a cost of $10.99, payable at the front desk when arriving for the reception.  Since the hotel does not carry a liquor license, non-Drury guests may purchase wine or beer from the in-house market near the reception desk.  Wine and/or beer may also be brought into the hotel for consumption.

Saturday Conference and Meeting

Saturday’s conference will take place in the hotel’s ballroom, located on the first floor.  There is a wet bar inside the ballroom where coffee, tea, water, and soft drinks will be available all day.  A box lunch will be catered by Callier’s Catering and served just outside the ballroom in the same place as the Friday night reception.  There will also be short morning and afternoon breaks.  A dynamic group of speakers will present interesting and informative lectures.  A complete listing will be added to the website a bit later.

At the end of the presentations, the annual meeting will immediately begin. Please stay, as your vote on issues is important.  Following that will be a brief board meeting if necessary.  Members are also welcome to stay for the board meeting.  Only board members may participate in discussion.

Annual Dinner

After the meetings on Saturday, we will gather for our annual dinner, held this year at La Bonne Bouchée Café (12344 Olive Boulevard) just a couple of blocks west of the hotel.  Turn left onto Tempo at Westgate Shopping Center.  Tempo is at the 4th light after turning onto Olive from the hotel.  We will have four entrée choices of French cuisine prepared by the Parisian chef plus a salad, beverage of coffee, tea or soft drink, and special dessert of miniature pastries.  If you would like wine, you may order by the glass or bottle from your waitress.  The cost of the dinner will be $30 per person.

You will be given a choice to mark on your registration form of chicken, shrimp, salmon, or vegetarian.

Further information about registering for the conference and the Friday tour will be forthcoming.  The conference registration fee will be $95.


Past Conference Information

2019 Conference

2018 Conference

2017 Conference

Past Conference Locations


For more information, contact us at: frenchcolonialstudies@gmail.com.