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.

More will be posted soon. See www.tesoroculturalcenter.org


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.