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Wabash Valley College offers unique Travel Adventure Class on the Illinois French Creole corridor

Wabash Valley College is pleased to announce that a most interesting and unique class is being offered  Fall Semester, “The  French Illinois Corridor Experience.”


Explore the beginnings of our Midwestern region through the folklore, songs, and language of the original settlers who founded many of our towns and cities in the region:  The French.  This class is offered by a premier scholar of the historic French Midwest, Dennis Stroughmatt.  Stroughmatt is an internationally respected authority on the history, culture, and language of the Illinois French with honors from the Library of Congress, The Smithsonian, The State of Missouri Historical Society, The Illinois Humanities Council, and The American Association of Teachers of French.


Students are invited to learn the unique nature of Illinois French music, language, and history from a different perspective through experiential learning and cultural interaction.  Students will encounter history as it comes alive with “in-class” interaction and site visits to many of the region’s popular French Creole destinations, including “The Jewel of North America,” Sainte Genevieve, MO.  Tuesday evening class meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. on November 1 and continue until December 13.  Space is limited for this class, so interested individuals are asked to call 618-262-8641, or stop by the Student Services Office to reserve their seat.