Symposium 2002


Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, in conjunction with the Missouri Historical Society, the Citizenship Education Clearing House and the Center for International Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and the Spanish Colonial Research Center of the National Park Service, conducted a symposium on March 21-23, 2002, entitled “The Louisiana Purchase: An International Perspective.” The symposium was the second in a series of four to be held in St. Louis to commemorate the Bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The emphasis of the sessions of this three day symposium was on the interactions of the many ethnic and national groups in the Mississippi and Missouri river valleys before and after the purchase of Louisiana by the United States in 1803. The seminar focused on the changes wrought by the transfer of Louisiana upon colonial administrators, habitants, American Indian nations, the military, women, traders and others on both sides of the Mississippi River. The seminar also addressed the political events leading to the Louisiana Purchase, Jefferson’s dream of an expanding West, the role of Spain in administering Louisiana, early Spanish and French exploration of the West and later commemorations of the Louisiana Purchase.

The Louisiana Purchase: An International Perspective
A Symposium held in St. Louis, Missouri, March 21-23, 2002

Presented by Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, the Citizenship Education Clearing House and the Center for International Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the Spanish Colonial Research Center of the National Park Service and the Missouri Historical Society

Speaker Biographies

Day 1 – Thursday, March 21, 2002 – Sessions in Lee Auditorium at the Missouri Historical Society Museum, Jefferson Memorial Building, Forest Park

Overview Paper, the Louisiana Purchase – Ralph Lewis "The Louisiana Purchase Treaty"
Keynote Speaker – Jon Kukla, Executive Vice-President of the Patrick Henry Memorial "Foundation 1803: Midpoint of American History"

Morning Sessions – Politics and the Purchase
Donald Heidenreich, Lindenwood University "Louisiana: U.S. National Security and Politics, 1789-1803"
Peter Kastor, Washington University. "Expansion and its Aftermaths: The Effect of the Purchase on American Life and Politics, 1803-1848"

Morning Sessions – American Indians and the Purchase
Larry Cebula, Missouri Southern State College “'Everything About Them Was Strange': Religious Encounters in the Exploration of the Northwest"
Kathleen DuVal, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania "'Ruthless Savages' and 'Respectable People': American Indians Respond to the Louisiana Purchase"
Amy Mossett, Fort Berthold Community College, Three Affiliated Tribes
"Jefferson’s Vision and Tribal People Today"

Afternoon Sessions – The People of the Louisiana and Indiana Territories
Susan Calafate Boyle, National Park Service, Rocky Mountain National Park French and Indian
"Piece-by-Piece: Reconstructing the Lives of Women in Colonial Missouri"
Jenny Turner, University of Wisconsin-Madison "Imposing Decency Upon the Land: The Americanization of Colonial St. Louis"
Dr. Denise Wilson, Lafayette, Indiana
"'The People Do Not Relish a Free Government': The French Response to American Laws and Lawmakers"

Roundtable Discussion – "Let’s Find the Wheel, Not Invent It: Making Use of Colonial Archives in St. Louis"
Emily Jaycox, Missouri Historical Society, Session Chair; Marianne Samayoa, UMSL Museum Studies Program, Chief Presenter

Day 2 – Friday, March 22, 2002 – Morning, University of Missouri, St. Louis – Chapel, Provincial House

Morning Sessions – The French Inhabitants of Early St. Louis
Carl Ekberg "A French Critique of Creole Upper Louisiana in 1797"
Martha Saxton, Amherst College "The Moral Minority: Prescriptive Literature in Early St. Louis"

Morning Sessions – The Spanish and the Purchase
María Luisa Pérez-González "An Overview of the Spanish Interest in Louisiana"
Juan Romero de Terreros "Louisiana, as Seen from Through Spanish Texas"
Afternoon, Daniel Boone Campus of Lindenwood University

Afternoon Sessions – Lifestyles at the Time of the Purchase
J. Frederick Fausz "The Material Culture of the Fur Trade"
Dan Hechenberger, Director of Education, Nipundikan "Etienne de Vénard, Sieur de Bourgmont A Timeline"
Dr. Denise Wilson and Michael Lewis (Traveler’s Dream), Lafayette, Indiana "Music of the Frontier: French and American Traditional Songs"
Ken Kamper, Historian, Daniel Boone Campus "Daniel Boone in Missouri"

Day 3 – Saturday, March 23, 2002 – Westin Hotel at Cupples Station

Keynote – Peter Onuf, University of Virginia "Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase"

Morning Sessions – Early Exploration of the Louisiana Purchase
W. Raymond Wood, University of Missouri – "Columbia Prologue to Lewis and Clark: The Travels of James Mackay and John Evans, 1795-1797"
F. Terry Norris, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers "Thomas Hutchins and the Proposed Expedition to the Pacific"
Joseph P. Sanchez, Spanish Colonial Research Center "Early Spanish Exploration in the Louisiana Territory"

Afternoon Sessions – Legacies of the Louisiana Purchase
Joseph P. Sanchez, Spanish Colonial Research Center "The Louisiana Purchase and the Boundary of 1819: In Search of the Western Boundary of the Louisiana Territory"
Rev. William Barnaby Faherty, Director, The Museum of the Western Jesuit Missions "The Louisiana Purchase: The Irish Response"

Afternoon Sessions – Legacies of the Louisiana Purchase
Brian McCutchen, Historian, National Park Service "Documenting a Flowing Landscape: The Cultural Landscape of the Post of Arkansas, 1686 to 1863"
Elizabeth Gentry Sayad, Co-Chair, National Committee for the Bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase "The Louisiana Purchase: Celebrations and Legacies"

To view the text of the treaty between the United States of America and the French Republic click here.

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