French & German Immigration: Webster Hosts 2014 St. Louis Humanities Festival Event

| March 28, 2014
Lionel Cuillé and Kristen Anderson will present "Arriving in St. Louis: The French and the Germans" on April 4, as part of the 2014 Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival.

Webster University’s Lionel Cuillé and Kristen Anderson will present “Arriving in St. Louis: The French and the Germans” on April 4, as part of the 2014 Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival.

In conjunction with the 2014 Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival, Webster University’s College of Arts & Sciences will host the discussion, “Arriving in St. Louis, The French and the German,” the cultural exploration of immigration, migration and mobility of French and German Settlers in St. Louis. Kristen Anderson, assistant professor of History, and Lionel Cuillé, assistant professor of French and director of Centre Francophone will present the talk on Friday, April 4, from 3-4 p.m. in the East Academic Building, room 253/262. This lecture is free and open to the public.

This event is supported by The Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival and Webster’s College of Arts and Science as part of a six day conference exploring cultural and historical perspectives of immigration.

French and German Immigration to St. Louis

Starting in the late 1600s, French explorers arrived, and a French trading company led by Laclede and Chouteau established the settlement of St. Louis in February 1764. Today the old French quarter is buried under the Arch, thereby rewriting the original founding of the city. In 1803 the region was sold to the United States as the Louisiana Purchase. After the transfer, St. Louis was a center for trade in the American West as well as gateway for settlers moving west. In the 1800s, it became a destination for German settlers. Once in St. Louis, German settlers developed rich ethnic neighborhoods and contributed greatly to the economy of St. Louis as artisans, most notably to the beer and wine industries. Germans also played an important role in St. Louis politics and in the Civil War.

“Migration and Mobility”

The Missouri Humanities Council’s 2014 Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival celebrates the humanities in the St. Louis region April 1-6, exploring the theme “Migration and Mobility.” Through a series of programs about history, literature, film and politics, some of the area’s leading cultural and educational institutions will examine the connections among migration, immigration and culture, both locally and around the globe.

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