May 6, dedication of the « Centre for French colonial life » in Ste Genevieve (MO)
Consul General Lacroix visited Ste-Geneviève(MO) on the occasion of the dedication of the « Centre for French colonial life ».
"Our common heritage in Missouri and Illinois country will no longer be neglected. We are proud to be part of this collective project."
The center is part of the campus of New France: The Other Colonial America. It hosts one permanent exhibit featuring a wide variety of artifacts, and one temporary exhibit at all times, with a focus on the region’s cultural and historical roots. It will serve as the entry point for the organization’s campus of historic buildings. The center goes beyond the scope of Ste. Genevieve, also touching on St. Louis and other colonial outposts along the river.
"It was a beautiful ceremony, the French heritage and our shared history in this region are one of the pillars of the French-American relations," said Consul General Lacroix.
Ste. Genevieve gets national park designation, but much remains to do before it will open. By Leah Thorsen St. Louis Post-Dispatch - May 8, 2018.
STE. GENEVIEVE, MO. • The iconic National Park Service arrowhead emblem that directs visitors to famous national landmarks, such as Yellowstone and Yosemite, will eventually point tourists to a small Mississippi River town where French houses date to the 1700s.
The long-sought formation of the Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park was approved by Congress and signed into law March 23. It authorizes the National Park Service to acquire about 13 acres, including historic buildings, for inclusion in the park about an hour south of St. Louis.
Sunday Ceremony Includes Blessing Of Buildings - Ste Genevieve Herald - May 8, 2018.
With the opening of the Centre for French Colonial Life on the campus of New France: The Other Colonial America, a ceremony to bless that building and other historic structures in downtown Ste. Genevieve took place on Sunday.
The National Society of Colonial Dames in America, which operates New France, joined with the Church of Ste. Genevieve and Missouri State Parks in a celebration of the Catholic tradition of blessing buildings.
Leading a procession through downtown, Rev. Edward Nemeth, pastor of the Church of Ste. Genevieve, blessed the new facility, the Louis Bolduc House and the Felix Valle House, which celebrated its 200th birthday this year. A ceremony also took place at the church and a reception followed in the DuBourg Centre.