“First Wednesday” Lecture Series

Hear stories about the amazing diversity of people and events that make up New Mexico’s history.  On the first Wednesday of each month, a leading expert shares experiences and insights about some fascinating aspect of New Mexico’s past. 


Lectures take place in the Auditorium of the New Mexico History Museum, at noon on the first Wednesday of every month.  The Museum is located at 113 Lincoln Ave, one-half block north of the historic Santa Fe Plaza. 

Wednesday, September 2 at 12 p.m.


The French in New Mexico:

Four Centuries of Exploration, Adventure, and Influence

The history of the French, French Canadians, and other French-speaking people in New Mexico covers the last 400 years and all areas of New Mexico. After introducing the speaker's great chase for the French in New Mexico, we will remember the lives of a few of the most influential, unusual, or colorful individuals, through stories of love and death, of chases and hunts, of successes and failures, illustrated 

by images rarely seen before. Thousands of New Mexicans have French ancestors. This talk is offered as a contribution to their cultural resurrection.

François-Marie Patorni, a French American, is an independent scholar specializing in the history of the French-speaking people in New Mexico and the American southwest. His book, "The French in New Mexico - Four Centuries of Exploration, Adventure, and Influence,” was published in April 2020. After a career at the World Bank in Washington D.C., he moved to New Mexico in 2004, where he realized the extraordinarily rich history of the French, French Canadians, and other French-speaking people in New Mexico.

For this lecture, you can participate real time either via Facebook or YouTube.  Here are the details: 

There are two links to the presentation which will be available a few days prior to the presentation: 


On the page,  click on "Events" found in the left-hand column.


For Youtube, go to:       https://www.youtube.com/user/NMmuseum

To view the presentation, just click on your link of choice shortly before the Webinar begins -- 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, September 2nd. There will be an opportunity for written questions.  Just scroll down the event page you are on and post your question.  Our speakers will address the questions following the presentation to the extent time allows. 

The Loretto Academy and Chapel with Saint Francis Cathedral.
 Palace of the Governors Photo Archives, NMHM/ DCA, Negative Number 001411
INSERT: Train de La Reconnaissance Française. F.M. Patorni, September 2 at 12 p.m.



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