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The Site

Under the title of "The Bolduc House Museum", this site was owned and operated by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Missouri (NSCDA-MO). Other nearby structures were added over time; in the 1960s, the Beauvais-Linden House was added as a HQ and meeting place for the organization, while the Bolduc-LeMeilleur House was added as a second tour site in 1970, after being purchased, restored, and donated to the organization.  In the fall of 2011, the Beauvais-Linden House opened to the public for the first time as the campus's gift shop and orientation center for the site.  In October of 2012, the old Bank of Ste. Genevieve building was purchased to be renovated and repurposed as an education and exhibit facility, The Centre for French Colonial Life.  The Francois Valle II House was purchased in December of 2013.  The entire campus of historic buildings and the exhibit facility, opened in 2018, is known as the Centre for French Colonial Life Museum Campus.

The Organization

In November of 2016, a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit group was created, French Colonial America (FCA), in a tremendous undertaking to transform our site from being a simple house museum to functioning as a focal point for French Colonial Studies.  Our expansion is an effort to help broaden understanding of the distinctive cultural heritage of the Illinois Country and its impact on the land, its people, and our country as it stands today

FCA Board of Trustees


Tandy Thompson,  President         

Peggy Strelinger,  Vice President

Anne Babington,  Secretary             

Diane Christy,  Treasurer



David Forth

Jean-Charles Foyer

Jane Gleason

Christy James

Polly Jones

Pat Raven, PhD                      ​

Peter Raven, PhD                                      

Blanche Touhill, PhD

Honorary & Emeritus Members

Frances Levine, PhD

Paula Keinath

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