Highlights of the AATF Convention
Saint Louis, MO, July 16-19, 2017

The theme of the next AATF convention, which will take place from July 16 to July 19, 2017 in Saint Louis, MO, is "Le Français dans une perspective globale: ‘The Finest Confluence in the World.'"  The keynote speaker will be noted cinéaste Mariette Monpierre. Click here for archives of past conventions.

New: Historian and musician Dennis Stroughmatt will be performing at the AATF Awards Banquet!

New: Special showing of Mariette Monpierre's film Le Bonheur d'Elza on Monday evening

Academic Credit

We are again pleased to offer one graduate credit for attending the convention through Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.  Information will be available in the spring. You will be able to register on site on the opening morning of the convention.   Click here for more information.


The registration form is available here.   You can also register online at

There are several rates which vary according to the excursions and activities chosen. Early Bird Basic Registration (available until May 15) is $250 and includes full participation in sessions and exhibits plus the opening reception, convention mallette, and dictée. A Full Registration Package of $350 also includes the Welcome Luncheon, Awards Banquet, and one workshop or walking tour. A higher Registration Only rate of $300 will apply May 16-July 1.

We are planning a high-quality program with presentations and workshops led by AATF members from around the country.   We will also have a selection of exhibitor sessions, sessions led by the chairs of our thirteen AATF commissions, and sessions and workshops on AP, the Grand Concours, and the French Honor Society.   The convention will again be preceded by our Leadership Fellows Program for future chapter leaders.   


Click here for workshop descriptions.

Keynote Speaker

Our keynote speaker is Mariette Monpierre.   For more information: and

Hotel Information

The conference will be held at the Hyatt Hotel at the Arch,315 Chestnut Street, Saint Louis, MO 63102. The rate that we have negotiated for convention-goers is $154 US + taxes for single or double rooms. To make a reservation, go to [ ]. The deadline for reserving a room at the convention rate is June 17, 2017.

The hotel is located only only 15 miles from the airport.   The sights and sounds of downtown Saint Louis, include the historic Laclede's Landing, the Gateway Arch, the Old Cathedral, and the Mississippi River are easily accessible on foot.

Program Highlights

Other Activities

Sunday, July 16 (12:00-1:30 p.m.):  Welcome Luncheon where members can meet others from their region. Cost: $55 per person. Lunch Buffet Menu includes: Pasta Fagioli, Tomato/Artichoke/Radicchio Salad, Chicken Scarpariello, Roasted Cod, Penne Pasta, Roasted Vegetables, Dessert (spouses and guests welcome).

Tuesday, July 18  (7:00-9:30 p.m.): Awards Banquet  AATF Award recipients will be honored at our Awards Banquet.  Cash bar. Dinner Buffet Menu includes: Roasted Tomato Bisque, Baked Chicken with Red Wine, Plank Salmon with fennel and asparagus, Lemon Meringue Tart, Chocolate Apricot Silk Cake. Cost: $75 per person (spouses and guests welcome).


Saturday, July 15 (8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m.) Pre-Convention Art Museum Workshop & Excursion

Morning Workshop: “French Art at the Saint Louis Art Museum: A Web-based Learning Resource” Jeanne Zarucchi, Professor of French and Art History, University of Missouri St. Louis, will present a free-access on-line resource for all levels of French language, based on nearly 100 artworks at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Participants will explore how this dual-language website may be used in French classes and in cross-disciplinary units, and sample activities will be provided.

Following a break for lunch (lunch is not included), participants will travel to the Saint Louis Art Museum. The Museum has an encyclopedic collection of more than 33,000 works. Among the highlights of this collection are works of French artists from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century including painting, sculpture, porcelain, and furniture. Particularly notable are a panel of Monet’s triptych “Les Nymphéas” and Degas’ sculpture “Petite danseuse.” The local chapter has arranged a museum visit with a guided tour of the collection given in French. Transportation provided (spouses and guests are welcome on the museum visit).

Morning Workshop Cost: $30
Afternoon Museum Visit Cost: $40
All Day Workshop & Visit Cost: $60

Sunday, July 16 (2:00-4:00 p.m.) or Monday, July 17 (4:00-6:00 p.m.) Walking Tour of Old Saint Louis

Venez découvrir l’histoire de Saint-Louis à travers trois lieux célèbres et précieux au peuple de Saint-Louis: la Basilique de Saint-Louis, roi de France (l’Ancienne Cathédrale), la première cathédrale construite à l’Ouest du fleuve Mississippi; l’ancien Palais de Justice, lieu de la célèbre affaire Dred Scott, et le Gateway Arch, icône de Saint-Louis et monument à l’expansion du pays vers l’Ouest. Visite conduite en français par Anne Craver. Cost: $30 (spouses and guests welcome)

Wednesday, July 19 (12:00 p.m. Departure) through Thursday, July 20 (5:00 p.m. Return): Tour of French Colonial Sainte Genevieve and French Creole Sites in Illinois

Visit historic sites in Sainte Genevieve, MO, founded in 1735. A French-speaking guide will accompany participants on tours of historic buildings, including the Louis Bolduc home (c. 1792), the church, the Amoureux House historic site, the Jacques Guibourd Home (c. 1806), ending with a wine tasing at the Bequette-Ribault house. Following dinner, participants will stay in several B&Bs in Sainte Genevieve.

The next morning, after time for shopping and further exploration, we will depart toward Illinois, including a stop at the Liberty Bell of the West on historic Kaskaskia Island. In Illinois, the group will visit the Pierre Menard Home and Gardens, followed by a picnic box lunch at Fort Kaskaskia State Park overlooking the Mississippi River.
After a stop at the Boismenue House (c. 1788) in Dupo, IL (formerly Prairie du Pont), the final stop will be in Cahokia, IL where there will be time to visit the Cahokia Court House (c. 1744) and Holy Family Church (c. 1799) before returning to Saint Louis.

Cost: $250 (a supplement to be determined at a later date will be added for single rooms) includes meals, lodging, transporation, guide, and entrance fees.

Created: December 27, 2016
Last update:  June 23, 2017