Saint Louis University will hold a panel discussion about the 250th anniversary of the founding of the City of St. Louis from 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Saint Louis University Museum of Art, 3663 Lindell Blvd. in the3rd Floor Gallery, which is home to Collection of the Western Jesuit Missions.
SLU faculty and alumni will bring diverse perspectives to consider the city's origins as a French, Catholic village amid Native American peoples. The panel includes:
- Frederick Hodes, SLU alumnus; author of Beyond the Frontier: A History of St. Louis to 1821
- Christy Finsel, SLU alumna; member of the Osage Nation
- William Charron, Ph.D., Department of Philosophy; former owner of the historic Bequette-Ribault House
- Annie Smart, Ph.D., Department of Modern and Classical Languages
- Greg Beabout, Ph.D., Department of Philosophy
A well-known 19th century painting by Becker from an Old Courthouse mural depicts a romanticized version of what might have happened when Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau settled on the banks of the Mississippi in 1764, although the actual story is more complex, and more compelling.
The panel is co-sponsored by the University's Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Forum and Catholic Studies.