eBOOKS in English (June 2024) and in French (Fall 2024) coming up !


Albuquerque – April 25-27, 2024

Historical Society of New Mexico Conference.
A new talk about multicultural aspects and the history of the French in New Mexico.

The French in Albuquerque and in the middle Rio Grande Valley”
The history of French-speaking people in New Mexico covers
the last 500 years. This talk focuses on the lives and influence of
pioneers and innovators in Albuquerque and southern New Mexico. French
names still familiar in southern New Mexico include Alary, Burrus,
Campredon, Chambon, Didier, Fraissinet, Girard, Gros, Gruet, Guillon,
Harriett, Le Plat, Lermuseaux, Mallet, Maurin, Tondre, and many others.

Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA) 2023 convention in Gering, Nebraska – July 23-29, 2023

The French Presence on the Oregon-California Trails

The history of the French, French Canadians, and other French-speaking people in the American Southwest spans over 400 years.  Over time, a network of communication routes (the “trails”) crisscrossed the land. We highlighted the magnitude of the French presence along the Oregon-California Trails, remembering trappers and traders of French origin such as Bordeaux, Cabanné, Chalifoux, Fontenelle, Julien, Lafargue, Laforest, LeClerc, Legutre, Leroux, Mallet, Nolan, Pratte, Provost, St. Germain, St. Vrain, Robidoux, and others, as well as many related place names.

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.


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.