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

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 about the extensive French-Dakota presence along the Mississippi River from St. Paul to Prairie du Chien.  Jane and Mary are recent contributors to the MN Historical Society online encyclopedia, Mnopedia.

Mary Elise has an MA in History Museum Studies and has worked at historic sites in upstate New York and Wisconsin. She is currently 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.

Jane Peck, educator, writer, historical playwright, choreographer, dance historian lived and worked for 30 years in Twin Cities until moving to Lanesboro in Southeastern Minnesota in
2013. Jane has written and directed French and Metis- themed historical scripts for her group Dance Revels Moving History for thirty years, performing in schools, colleges, and museums
across the Upper Midwest and Canada.

Wednesday, April 11
6:30 to 8:30 PM
Alliance Française
113 N First Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401
$10 Admission
RSVP online at
or call 612 332 0436
Refreshments will be served.