Colonial Dames Win Award for New France – the OTHER Colonial America in Ste. Genevieve

December 2, 2014

The Bolduc House

The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America awarded the first Lamar Award for Excellence as a Museum Property to the Missouri Society for its on-going transition at the Bolduc House Museum in Ste. Genevieve to become New France – the OTHER Colonial America. The Colonial Dames in Missouri were recognized for:

  • Rebranding the Bolduc House Museum as New France – the OTHER Colonial America and for embarking on the transition to Living History as its interpretive strategy
  • Developing new partnerships including three Shawnee Tribes and two Delaware Tribes
  • Engaging the community on-site and through social media including the creation of its museum mascot, Zuts the Bolduc House Museum Squirrel
  • Researching and verifying the accuracy what is asserted at the museum
  • Acquiring strategic properties including the circa 1794 Jean-Baptiste Valle House, the circa 1792 François Valle House, as well as the old First Bank Building that will become the New France Education Center & Museum
  • Growing its Internal membership with a view towards sustaining the future of New France

The Lamar Award for Excellence as a Museum Property was created by The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America to honor the legacy of Mrs. Joseph Rucker Lamar. Mrs. Rucker was an active member of the Georgia Society beginning in 1893. She was an officer of The National Society for 25 years. She was instrumental in the Society’s acquisition of its Washington, D.C. headquarters and museum, Dumbarton House. She led the effort to raise an endowment to support George Washington’s ancestral home in Great Britain, Sulgrave Manor. She is remembered as having been “brilliant, vivid, quick, charming, and incisive.” The award is given to a State Society for projects that demonstrate support for the mission of the national organization. The project also must demonstrate an impact on the Society and/or its local communities. The Missouri Society shares the first Lamar Award for Excellence as a Museum Property with the Powder Magazine of South Carolina for its Tricentennial Project.

The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America ( is headquartered at Dumbarton House in Washington, DC. Each affiliate State Society is independently incorporated as an autonomous 501c3 nonprofit organization. The Missouri Society headquarters is at the Linden House, on the campus of the Bolduc House Museum (New France), at 125 South Main Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670. The Missouri Society has owned and operated the Bolduc House Museum since 1949. In 1970, the Louis Bolduc House was designated as the seventeenth National Historic Landmark building in Missouri. In 2005, the Missouri Society received the Preserve America Award for its work of historic preservation in Ste. Genevieve. The Bolduc House Museum ( is open year round and, according to Yale Professor of History, Dr. Jay Gitlin, “there is no other place in the nation where you can go to experience what 18th century life in New France was like than the Louis Bolduc House.”

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Joe Clote

Joseph W. Clote is owner of Publishing Concepts, LLC a communications and marketing firm based in Saint Louis, Missouri. Mr. Clote is Group Publisher of MeetMed™ and Missouri Meetings & Events™ (MM&E) magazine, a quarterly publication read by thousands of meeting and event professionals, and producer of the St. Louis and Kansas City trade shows under the MM&E name. Mr. Clote has extensive sales and marketing expertise in the travel, tourism, fine art, insurance, and software development industries.