News Release 58

Birthday open house planned Feb. 14 at Felix Vallé House State Historic Site

Volume 38-058 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., FEB. 9, 2010 -- Felix Vallé House State Historic Site in Ste. Genevieve will celebrate Felix Vallé's birthday on Sunday, Feb. 14 with an open house and lecture. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Visitors will be able to tour the historic Vallé house and enjoy early parlor games. At 1 p.m. in the site's Shaw House, there will be a special lecture on Jean-Baptiste Bossier, an early French merchant from New Orleans. Visitors will be able to view Bossier's oil portrait and his 1830s account book. Refreshments will be served.

Felix Vallé House State Historic Site gives visitors a rare glimpse of Missouri's French colonial past. Felix Vallé and his family occupied the home, which today allows visitors to experience the period of the 1830s when the Vallés were beginning to make their mark on the community.

Felix Vallé House State Historic Site is located at the corner of Second and Merchant streets in Ste. Genevieve's National Landmark Historic District. For more information on the event, call the site at 573-883-7102 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit