Ste. Genevieve, a small town on the Mississippi River about an hour south of St. Louis, still has a bit of the flavor of the early 1700s when it was first settled.
Several buildings from those French colonial times still stand in the town, helping it earn a National Historical Park designation in 2018.
Now, officials have taken another significant step by introducing the park’s first superintendent. Chris Collins has spent 16 years with the National Park Service and brings a degree in French language and literature to an area of Missouri with deep French roots.