Pacific Northwest history was heavily influenced by French-speaking people. The Lewis and Clark Expedition included several French men as guides and French Canadian engages were employed on the trek's earlier Missouri River segment. Many French speakers came to the Northwest at the invitation of the Hudson's Bay Company as French traders and trappers, and later as agriculturalists and farmers on HBC lands. In retirement, large numbers settled in the Willamette Valley. Catholic missions were founded by French-speaking priests and nuns. Today an abundance of French geographic names can be seen on Oregon and Washington maps. Robert Foxcurran's presentation will cover some of this saga that is often overlooked as "nations are created through the burial of inconvenient history."
|Event Date||04-07-2018 2:00 pm|
|Event End Date||04-07-2018 4:00 pm|