French-Dakota Roots in Southeast MN: Our Mixed-blood Beginnings

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04/11/2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul

Join Alliance Française and the French-American Heritage Foundation of Minnesota in welcoming historians Jane Peck and Mary Elise Antoine for a presentation in English on their recent research on the extensive  French-Dakota roots present along the Mississippi River from St. Paul, Minnesota to Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Jane and Mary recently contributed to the MN Historical Society online encyclopedia, Mnopedia. We welcome them to share their wealth of history and research here at the Alliance!

$10 Admission.

***Space is limited. To RSVP, please call us at 612 332 0436***

Refreshments will be served!


Mary Elise, was born and raised in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. She has an MA in History Museum Studies and previously worked at historic sites in upstate New York and Wisconsin. Currently, Mary is curator at the Villa Louis in Prairie du Chien.  She is also President of the Prairie du Chien Historical Society. Mary Elise has written many articles and several books on the history of the upper Mississippi, including The War of 1812 in Wisconsin: the Battle for Prairie du Chien and Frenchtown Chronicles of Prairie du Chien. The Wisconsin Historical Society Press publishes both.




Jane Peck, is an educator, writer, historical playwright, choreographer, and dance historian. She lived and worked for 30 years in the Twin Cities until moving to Lanesboro, in southeastern Minnesota in 2013. Jane has written and directed French and Métis-themed historical scripts for her group Dance Revels Moving History for thirty years. The group performs in schools, colleges, and museums across the Upper Midwest and Canada. She now writes and directs for History Alive! Lanesboro as well as other area museums. Jane has been an adjunct professor at several Minnesota colleges.






Un grand merci à French-American Heritage Foundation of Minnesota for partnering with us to present this presentation on the history of our region’s French and Dakota roots.




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Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul
113 N First Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Tel: 612 332 0436

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