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Ste. Genevieve has been welcoming travelers, traders and artists for more than 275 years. You can join in the fun and shop for treasures at the annual Jour de Fete arts and crafts festival. With over 100 arts and crafts booths, plus hands-on exhibits and special attractions, Ste. Genevieve’s annual Jour de Fete celebration has been described as one of “the premier arts and crafts fair in the Midwest” and a weekend you don’t want to miss. As the first European settlement in Missouri, the French Colonial setting of Ste. Genevieve provides a perfect setting for this annual event.

For more information, go to http://www.saintegenevievejourdefete.com/

Kristen Cornett of KMOV visited Ste. Genevieve recently and put together this story of the area highlights:

Check out the video by clicking here.

 

Rural Missouri, the magazine that is delivered to members of the state’s electric cooperatives, this month announced the winners in the Best of Rural Missouri survey.

In its 18th year, the Best of Rural Missouri survey featured 18 categories. Ste. Genevieve County was represented in three categories:

— Sara’s Ice Cream on Merchant Street in Ste. Genevieve was named the Editor’s Choice winner for best ice cream.

“Sara’s features their ice cream fresh-scooped into their cones, made into shakes or malts and have even made their version of the classic Drumstick that is rolled in local pecans,” the article said.

Sara’s Ice Cream

The Kozy in Bloomsdale was voted second in the survey for best breakfast/brunch.

Of the Kozy, Rural Missouri wrote, “In a nod to the nearby Gateway City, The Kozy features a St. Louis classic: Breakfast Slinger. A bed of hash browns is topped with a biscuit, choice of meat, eggs, shredded cheese and is smothered with chili or gravy.”

Ste. Genevieve Golf Club in Zell finished second behind Top of the Rock for best golf course.

“The course — located just west of Interstate 55 — features Bermuda grass on the fairways and tee boxes and places an emphasis on accuracy off the tee,” Rural Missouri wrote of Ste. Genevieve Golf Club.

Thousands of votes were counted in the survey.

The magazine is delivered to more than 570,000 homes in Missouri.

Read the April edition here.

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt recently released an op-ed on the establishment of the Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park.

He begins: “The story of Ste. Genevieve is an important part of who we are as a nation.”

Read the entire piece as published in the December 30 edition of the Southeast Missourian’s B Magazine by clicking here.

Blunt participated in the establishment ceremony on November 2.

Four years ago this month, Dr. Paul Kovalski completed a 30-year journey to visit all the national parks. The dentist from Marlboro, New Jersey saved for last a park in his home state — Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. It was his 413th different national park.

Dr. Paul Kovalski posed with Mickey Koetting on the porch of the Guibourd-Valle House before Koetting led a tour of the 1806 home, one of the historic structures open for touring in Ste. Genevieve.

The National Park Service keeps adding parks, however, and Kovalski keeps traveling.

On Thursday, December 17, he visited Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park, the second-newest unit in the National Park Service system — No. 422. (The Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument was established as the 423rd unit on December 10.)
Kovalski, who also volunteers many hours per year at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, brought to Ste.Genevieve some items from that park as well as other national parks he has visited. While he rates Glacier National Park as tops on his list, he thought the story of St. Croix Island, founded in 1604 as one of the first settlements of New France, would be of interest to Ste. Genevieve history buffs.
While in Ste. Genevieve, Kovalski toured the Guibourd-Valle House operated by the Foundation for Restoration. He also visited the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center; the National Park Service headquarters at the Jean-Baptiste Valle House; and the Green Tree Tavern, which is owned by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources but has been legislatively approved for transfer to the National Park Service.
Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park was established on October 30, 2020. It includes the Jean-Baptiste Valle House on South Main Street and the Bauvais-Amoureux House on St. Mary’s Road. The National Park Service is working with the city of Ste. Genevieve to jointly operate the Welcome Center, which also has been approved for transfer to the National Park Service.
Since establishment, the park has attracted visitors interested in having their National Park Service passport books stamped. Also among the visitors so far is David Kroese, an author who chronicled his visits to all the national parks in his book, The Centennial: A Journey through America’s National Parks System.

The annual First Day Hike at Hawn State Park will not include a set scheduled hike this year as it has in the past.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, hikers are encouraged to take self-guided journeys through America’s state parks between Wednesday, December 30, and Sunday, January 3.

Hikers can take photos and post them on social media with the hashtag #MoFirstDayHikes. Missouri State Parks will have daily drawings for gift cards in the amount of $25. Visit mostateparks.com/FirstDayHikes for more details and to enter for a chance to win.

Monday, December 14, marks 1,211 days since the Great American Eclipse of 2017, and 1,211 days to the next total solar eclipse for Ste. Genevieve — on April 8, 2024.

A solar eclipse did take place on Monday, December 14, and it was viewable in Argentina and Chile in South America.

A photo of the 2017 solar eclipse taken in Downtown Ste. Genevieve.

Ste. Genevieve was included in the path of totality on August 21, 2017 — the first time that was the case since perhaps the 1400s.

The St. Louis area had not previously been on the centerline for a total solar eclipse since 1442, and St. Louis won’t be on the centerline for the 2024 eclipse.

The 2024 centerline will cross the United States from Texas to the northeast. The north edge of the centerline will not extend as far up as Festus but it will include Ste. Genevieve County.

As the northern end of the centerline, Ste. Genevieve will have about 2 minutes of totality; Cape Girardeau will have about 4 minutes as the midpoint of the centerline.

Ste. Genevieve had more than 2 1/2 minutes of totality in 2017 by being at the midpoint  of the centerline and near the point of longest duration in Southern Illinois.

In 2017, Ste. Genevieve hosted a one-day musical festival leading into the eclipse event, and a viewing event took place at the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center.

For more information on the 2024 eclipse, click here.

Forbes magazine had a story about the halfway as well.

The Jean-Baptiste Valle House is serving as the headquarters for the Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park, which was established on Friday, October 30.

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt and U.S. Representative Jason Smith on Friday [October 30] announced that U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt has completed the final step to formally establish the Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park.

Blunt and Smith led the legislation, which was signed into law in March 2018, to establish the Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park and designate it as a unit of the National Park System.

This is the first National Historical Park to be established in Missouri.

View the complete news release from Senator Blunt’s office here.

To view the release from the Department of the Interior, click here.

Click here for story from the Daily Journal.

The Daily Journal reported on the October 16 soft opening for the Sainte Genevieve Museum Learning Center.

The facility at 360 Market Street features items from the Darrough Collection, which includes dinosaur sculptures, and items related to Ste. Genevieve history from the old museum.

The Museum Learning Center currently is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Admission includes a ticket to return when more of the museum is open.

Read the Daily Journal story here.

The Daily Journal published a story about the Octane Tour’s visit to Southeast Missouri during the weekend of September 11 to September 13.

The tour attracts dozens of car enthusiasts in the St. Louis area for weekend getaway drives. This year’s drive featured Ste. Genevieve County and its wine country.

Several classic cars stopped in Ste. Genevieve on Friday, September 11, and parked at downtown parking lots.

Organizer Matt Burcham was impressed with Ste. Genevieve, telling the Daily Journal:

“The response that the Ste. Genevieve businesses had with us coming into town was crazy. Everybody had handmade signs welcoming the Octane Tour.

“Some people had even made up some dash plaques and handed them out to us and other people met us, and it was really cool. All these people were taking pictures of these signs and putting them on Facebook. It was nice to see the area wanted us here. We want to try and patronize these places as we can.”

River Rapids Waterpark at the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center was featured recently on onlyinyourstate.com.
The park’s final day of the 2020 season is Labor Day, Monday, September 7.
Click here to see the story.

USA Today Feature Article on Ste. Genevieve

Hotel Audubon, Ste. Genevieve MO

Hotel Audubon, established in 1903 and re-opened in 2018, shares Ste. Geneviève’s historic charms
GARY GARTH, SPECIAL TO USA TODAY

Ste. Genevieve was featured in this USA Today gallery article about its architectural and historical significance.

Read the article HERE.