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Denver, weekend of April 9 and 10, 2022

Three lectures about The French in New Mexico, as part of Tesoro’s 2021-2022 Historic Lecture Series. Tesoro’s Lecture Series feature renowned scholars, historians, and authors in the field of 19th Century American Western History.

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Saturday, April 9, 1:30pm 
Lecture at Buck Recreational Center
2004 W. Powers Avenue 
Littleton, CO 80120
This program is free to the public; however, registration is required through South Suburban Parks & Recreation website link here, or by calling 303-347-5999.

Sunday, April 10, 2022, 2pm 
Lecture at The Tattered Cover
2526 E Colfax Ave 
Denver, CO 80206
Tattered Cover: no registration needed.

Sunday, April 10, 2022, 6pm 
Dinner Lecture at The Fort 
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465

Dinner Lecture Menu: Chips, guacamole and salsa, fresh baked breads, Fort signature salad, with damiana vinaigrette dressing; Two Pan Seared Tender Duck Breasts served with a Cherry Bourbon Shallot Sauce on a bed of Wild Rice Blend tossed with shallots, carrots, garlic, rosemary, damiana, sage, salt, and black pepper, and chef’s vegetables.-Dessert- Negrita chocolate ganache served in an edible tulip cup. Includes house red or white wine, or non-alcoholic colonche prickly pear lemonade.

Dinner Lecture Ticket Purchase and Reservations may be made by calling Tesoro Cultural Center at 303-839-1671 or using the BUY button on the Tesoro website.


November 6, 2021 at 2pm

Hosted by the Taos County Historical Society
Kit Carson Electric Coop Boardroom
118 Cruz Alta Rd. Taos.

“New Mexico: The French Presence since the 1500s”
With special focus on Taos and Northern New Mexico

by François-Marie Patorni

Through stories woven in the flow of time, we will focus on the presence of the French-speaking people around Taos and Northern New Mexico. Many French and French-Canadian fur trappers and traders lived in or operated from Taos. After the fur trade days and the events surrounding the American annexation, the Taos Rebellion, and the Civil War, Taos remained the home of the French families already established there, and new entrepreneurs came to work or do business. 

We will meet early explorers, trappers and traders, Catholic priests, military men, entrepreneurs, and others. Because of their large number, we will focus on a few notable or unusual people, and tell lesser-known stories.