and Mission of the Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve
Established in 1967, the Foundation for Restoration of
Ste. Genevieve, Inc. was created to insure the protection of the town's
historic resources. While preservation of the community's historic properties
is its primary goal, the organization also actively promotes interest
in Ste. Genevieve's history.
The Foundation charter provides it with a mandate to
"acquire and communicate knowledge of the early settlement...for
the purpose of perpetuating and cherishing the memory and spirit of
the men and women who achieved the early colonization and settlement
of the Mississippi River and established Ste. Genevieve City and County
and its surrounding area." For more than a quarter century, the
Foundation has pursued that goal.
Generally the Foundation has not attempted to accomplish its ends through
direct property ownership. However, under its charter, it does have
authority to purchase and own real and personal historic properties
that illustrate the settlement's early history, and to "restore,
preserve, recreate and reproduce such old homes and other structures,
ships, books, maps, letters, and other documents, antiques, and other
museum pieces for the purpose...of creating an historical center."
In keeping with that mandate, the Foundation owns one historic property--the
House--which operates as a museum open to the public. It was instrumental
in securing the return of valuable archival materials to the town and
has assisted in the preservation of the historic Memorial Cemetery and
the Old Academy building (1808). In addition, the Foundation has sponsored
international educational conferences and has stimulated world-wide
publicity for Ste. Genevieve. In recognition of those efforts, the organization
was honored with the National Award of Merit by the American Association
for State and Local History.
The Foundation also maintains a permanent exhibit at Ste. Genevieve's
Great River Road Interpretive Center.
The Foundation's long term goals include creation of "an historic
educational shrine to promote on the part of present and future generations,
a great interest in the history of the formative period of our nation,
state, County and City of Ste. Genevieve, and the Mississippi River