Les Amis/Yale Club’s 250th St. Louis Anniversary Dinner

The Yale Club of St. Louis and Les Amis co-hosted a dinner celebrating the 250th Anniversary of the Founding of St. Louis at Windows on Washington, 1601 Washington Avenue, February 14, 2014. Les Amis (“The Friends”) represents the region’s French heritage preservationist organization, which stimulated attention to this anniversary several years ago. Along with the Yale Club and Yale University history professor Jay Gitlin, the groups have worked together the past three years to develop the symposium and related activities.

Diplomatic dignitaries in town for historic events during the Anniversary Weekend included these honored guests: Ambassador Francois Delattre of France; Ambassador Ramon Gil-Casares of Spain; Principle Chief John Red Eagle of the Osage Nation, and Delegue du Quebec, Eric Marquis. After the dinner, Yale University professor Ryan Brasseaux presented a special lecture, “Being French in North America”. The Poor People of Paris entertained during cocktails and dinner.

The Yale Club/Les Amis dinner followed an all-day Symposium at the Missouri History Museum, co-sponsored by Yale and Washington Universities and Les Amis. “A GREAT CITY FROM THE START: The Founding and Lasting Significance of St. Louis” drew additional scholars from Tulane, Vanderbilt, Universities of Illinois-Urbana, Lafayette and California State, Long Beach, the Historic New Orleans Collection, National Park Service and others. Washington University Chancellor Mark Wrighton hosted a luncheon for all registrants and dignitaries on campus.

Registration for the Symposium, luncheon and dinner cost $90. Individual reservations remained available for the Symposium, luncheon and dinner at $15, $20, and $55 per person, respectively.