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Jan. 12 - History Museum's Latest Lunch Lecture Sheds Light On French Influence In NM

Jan 12, 2016

Many Santa Feans know about our five French Archbishops in the 1800’s and early 1900’s. But fewer are aware that New Mexico’s history with French immigrants is much richer, and reaches back to the 16th century. Francois-Marie Patorni became Santa Fe’s unofficial French historian when he moved to the City Different ten years ago. This year, he’s the first speaker in the New Mexico History Museum’s brown bag lecture series. KSFR reporter and lifelong Francophile Kate Powell caught up with Francois-Marie about the surprising impact of French immigrants in the Southwest, and about the book he’s writing on the subject.