‘Saving St. Louis’ Exhibit Opens At Centre For French Colonial Life

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French Colonial America (FCA) unveils “Saving St. Louis,” an exhibit explaining the role of the 60 militiamen who traveled upstream and were instrumental in thwarting the British attack on May 26, 1780, opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 8 at the Centre for French Colonial Life.

Militia and living history specialists will be on site for the opening and every Saturday throughout the summer.

The “Saving St. Louis” exhibit features original and reproduction weapons and equipment used in this region by both French and Native American peoples during the late 18th century. Additionally, militia reenact and professional photographer Ronald Rayfield recreated scenes of the 60 Ste. Genevieve fighters at the battle to help visualize the story.

“It may come as a revelation to many visitors, even those who are familiar with the American Revolution, that the story of the Battle of St. Louis and the role played in it by citizen soldiers from Ste. Genevieve, is not as commonly known as it deserves to be,” FCA Executive Director Geoff Giglierano said.

The Centre for French Colonial Life is the museum building and entry point for FCA’s historic campus. The campus also offers hourly guided tours of the historic Louis Bolduc House (circa 1788) and Bolduc-LeMeilleur House (circa 1820) and grounds as well as the “Hands-On History” program at the Beauvais-Linden House (circa 1820).

The campus is owned by French Colonial America, a recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit.

May 8 activities also include “Tunes, Tomahawks & Tours,” with live music, tomahawk-throwing and activities at the Linden House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $3 cash only.

The Centre for French Colonial Life will be open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. It is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until further notice. Admission for the exhibit is $5 per adult, $3 for children, and free to military members with an ID. The Centre for French Colonial Life is located at 198 Market Street in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. Ample free parking is available behind the facility.

Follow www.Facebook.com/CFCLandBolducHouse for further information and updates.

Baetje Farms

8932 Jackson School Road
Bloomsdale, MO 63627
573-483-9021
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Baetje Farms

Visit Baetje Farms for a one of a kind wine and cheese tasting! Baetje Farms is open to the public Monday through Thursday and often on Sunday. Check the web link for updates. While you are there, feed the goats and then feed yourself award-winning goat cheese for a truly memorable experience! Their brand-new venue, The Artisan, is available to rent for your special occasion as well.

Masquerade on Main

183 North Main
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-535-9056
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Masquerade on Main

In Masquerade on Main, take a selfie in one of several creative scenes in which visitors can strike a pose!
Currently there is an old-timey scene, a goth / Cathedral scene, a saloon, a pirate ship, steampunk, Day of the Dead / Voodoo / Halloween, a sparkly Forest, a cemetery and a brick wall to take pictures in, on and around… Pose in either in your street clothes ($1), with props ($5), or in the hundreds of costumes for men women and children ($20). There are no set hours yet, but call to get in at almost any time.

Hands-On History at the Linden House

116 S. Main St
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-880-4123
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Open Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., May through October, and by group booking.

The Linden House features fun and educational French Colonial Activities for kids. Visit and experience colonial crafts and skills by “shopping” in our vintage store, learn about history and language in our 18th century school room, throw a tomahawk* or use a bow and arrow in the yard, and so much more! *Age 8+, close-toed shoes required.
Available by group booking.

The Sainte Genevieve Museum Learning Center

360 Market Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-3466
The Sainte Genevieve Museum Learning Center
Open Friday-Saturday 10:00-4:00
Sunday 11:00-2:00

The Sainte Genevieve Museum Learning Center has opened some of its galleries, including some of Guy Darrough’s impressive dinosaur replicas and evidence of the Missouri dinosaur currently being excavated. Additions are being made with galleries focusing on local history. Native American, French, German and mining exhibits will feature unique artifacts from Ste. Genevieve’s past.

Iggy’s Pop Shop

233 Merchant Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-880-7075
Iggy’s Pop Shop
Monday, Wed, Thursday: 2:00-10:00
Friday: 3:00-10:00
Saturday: 3:00-10:00
Sunday: 3:00-10:00
Comics, Gaming, Events, and Everything Pop Culture! Explore this gaming and comics center!

Sara’s Ice Cream & Antiques

124 Merchant St.
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-5890
Open Seasonally: April-Mid October
Daily Hours: 12:00-5/6:00

Serving: Daily, Seasonally

Cuisine: Ice Cream, Novelty Cones rolled in local pecans, Phosphates, Soda, and Coffee are all served at an historic soda fountain surrounded by antique memorabilia.