Lecture: François-Marie Patorni, The French in New Mexico, September 2, 12:00 P.M.

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An Invitation from the Friends of History
New Mexico History Museum
Palace of the Governors
Online First Wednesday Lecture 

The French in New Mexico
Four Centuries of Exploration, 

  Adventure, and Influence

  François-Marie Patorni
Independent Scholar

Wednesday, September 2, 2020
12:00-1:00 PM

 New Mexico History Museum 
The Loretto Academy and Chapel with Saint Francis Cathedral.
 Palace of the Governors Photo Archives, NMHM/ DCA, Negative Number 001411

INSERT: Train de La Reconnaissance Française. F.M. Patorni


The history of the French, French Canadians, and other French-speaking people in New Mexico covers the last 400 years and all areas of New Mexico. After introducing the speaker's great chase for the French in New Mexico, we will remember the lives of a few of the most influential, unusual, or colorful individuals, through stories of love and death, of chases and hunts, of successes and failures, illustrated by images rarely seen before. Thousands of New Mexicans have French ancestors. This talk is offered as a contribution to their cultural resurrection.

François-Marie Patorni, a French-American, is an independent scholar specializing in the history of the French-speaking people in New Mexico and the American Southwest. His book, "The French in New Mexico - Four Centuries of Exploration, Adventure, and Influence,” was published in April 2020. After a career at the World Bank in Washington D.C., he moved to New Mexico in 2004, where he realized the extraordinarily rich history of the French, French Canadians, and other French-speaking people in New Mexico.


A New Undertaking

Due to current stay-at-home orders,  the Friends of History has moved to an on-line presentation format until the New Mexico History Museum is able to reopen and host large gatherings. 

The lecture will be available on Wednesday either on the History Museum Facebook page or its YouTube site:

For Facebook, click on:

For Youtube, go to:  
Join your link of choice shortly before the Webinar begins at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, September 2nd

There will be a live Question & Answer Session  with the speaker immediately following the presentation.  The session will only be available on the Museum's Facebook page. The link will appear immediately following the presentation. 

Questions and comments for the speaker can be posted on the Museum's Facebook page chat box at that time.  Questions posted during the lecture on either webpage will be shared with the speaker as well.

Looking forward to enjoying the event with you. 

Friends of History


Upcoming Online First Wednesday Lecture 

Wednesday, 7 October 2020
12:00-1:00 PM

Ernie Pyle 

Richard Melzer, Ph.D
Emeritus Professor of History, UNM Valencia Campus