Our next Annual Meeting will be in Chester, Illinois.

2017 Annual Meeting
Center for French Colonial Studies
Mobile, Alabama 

October 6-8, 2017

Early Bird Registration Rates End September 15! 



Online registration is open for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Center for French Colonial Studies, to be held at the Archaeology Museum at the University of South Alabama (6050 USA S Dr, Mobile, AL 36608) and at the Hampton Inn & Suites-Providence Park in Mobile, Alabama. 

On Friday morning, attendees will travel by bus to tour the original Mobile settlement, founded in 1702 by the Lemoyne brothers, Iberville and Bienville, and the subject of archaeological study since 1989. After lunch we visit nearby Pascagoula, Mississippi, to see the oldest standing French home on the Gulf Coast, the LaPointe-Krebs House and Museum, undergoing restoration in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. CFCS will host a reception for attendees on Friday evening at the Archaeology Museum. Friday bus tour will depart from and return to the Hampton Inn & Suites-Providence Park. 

Speakers scheduled for Saturday, October 7, at the Hampton Inn & Suites Providence Park, include:
• Ashley Dumas on Fort Tombecbé
• Greg Waselkov on archaeology at Old Mobile, Port Dauphin, and the Rochon and Montberault plantations
• Virginia Gould on Gentilly, from the Dreux brothers to Ste. Geme
• Carl Ekberg on “Two French Marines from the Ardennes”;
• and other renowned historians and archaeologists.

A Saturday evening reception and dinner at the Hampton Inn-Providence Park will feature a Keynote address by Dr. Erin Greenwald, New Orleans Museum of Art/Historic New Orleans Collection. Dr. Greenwald, will talk about planning for the new exhibit, “New Orleans: The Founding Era,” which will open Spring 2018.

Preparations for the city’s 300th anniversary.

On Sunday, October 8, Dr. Dumas will offer interested conference-goers an optional tour of the Fort Tombecbé site, atop a picturesque, high chalk bluff overlooking the Tombigbee River. The fort, which played important roles in two wars between the French and the Chickasaw Indians, is not normally accessible to the public. Sunday optional tour to Fort Tombecbe is by personal vehicles. 

NEW: CFCS attendees can obtain a discounted room rate at the conference hotel, the Hampton Inn Providence Park. Book online using the group code FCS, or call 251.370.9007 and reference the Center for French Colonial Studies Group Rate. The discounted hotel rate was good only through September 5. A comparable discount is available through AAA or AARP.

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Conference Questions, contact Greg Waselkov

Registration Questions, contact Mark Barbeau