Our Orientation, Exhibits and Education Facility of The Centre for French Colonial Life
Opened in April 2018, the new orientation and exhibits facility of The Centre for French Colonial Life offers programs and exhibits to help our visitors understand what they are about to see on our campus, and the significance of this community and its stories. Our goal is to provide context and insights into why Ste Genevieve and its people are so important to American History. A gift shop, offices, lecture hall, and conference room are housed in the building as well.
The current temporary exhibit at the Centre (through April 1, 2020e) is “Living Off the Land: Hunting, Fishing and Gathering for Food in 18th century Upper Louisiana.” This features historical artifacts, many of which have never before been available for viewing by the public. This exhibit examines the ways that wild foods were harvested by the various peoples who lived in this in this region. See how different groups employed different traditions and technologies – and influenced each other – in order to feed their families and communities during the colonial era.
The structure, which originally housed the Bank of Ste. Genevieve, was purchased by NSCDA-MO in 2013. The project to convert the bank into an educational and orientation facility was funded through the generous support of a dedicated group of individual donors.