A few press reviews about the French in New Mexico:

June 11, 2017 – In the Pueblo Chieftain
Article by Zach Hillstrom “Making the French Connection.”
A review of my talk of June 10, 2017 for Fray Angelico Chavez Hispanic Genealogical Society of Pueblo, Colorado.

[…] French scholar Francois-Marie Patorni was in town Saturday to explore those overlaps between French and Spanish history during a presentation at the Southeastern Colorado Heritage Center […] more

January 15, 2016 – In Albuquerque Journal North
By Jackie Jadrnak / Journal North Reporter
SANTA FE, N.M. — The often touted tri-cultural heritage of New Mexico, which names the Spanish and the Native Americans, might be missing some flavors from the full spicing that makes up the state stew by calling the remaining third Anglos. François-Marie Patorni is looking to remedy that …
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January 13, 2016 – Interview on KSFR news
Interview by Kate Powell
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Many Santa Feans know about our five French Archbishops in the 1800’s and early 1900’s. But fewer are aware that New Mexico’s history with French immigrants is much richer, and reaches back to the 16th century. Francois-Marie Patorni became Santa Fe’s unofficial French historian when he moved to the City Different ten years ago. This year, he’s the first speaker in the New Mexico History Museum’s brown bag lecture series. KSFR reporter and lifelong Francophile Kate Powell caught up with Francois-Marie about the surprising impact of French immigrants in the Southwest, and about the book he’s writing on the subject.

January 8, 2016 – Santa Fe New Mexican / Pasatiempo
Article by Jennifer Levin
Viva les Français: The French in New Mexico
There is a long and storied history of French people in New Mexico, including fur trappers and traders, Catholic priests, members of the De La Salle Christian Brothers teaching order, and the spouses and progeny of French explorers and settlers … Read full text here

January 8, 2016 – In Albuquerque Journal North
By Jackie Jadrnak / Journal North Reporter
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FRENCH IN SANTA FE: Sure, you always hear about the Spanish and the Native Americans, but how about all those French trappers and traders tromping all over North America? Did they ever make it to Santa Fe and New Mexico? Apparently, the answer is “yes,” … [read more at]