In appreciation of their support of the Annual Fund, Newberry Associates and President’s Fellows are invited to the 2013 Associates Night featuring a talk by Carla Zecher, Director of the Newberry’s Center for Renaissance Studies and Curator of Music.
As a young lieutenant, Jean-François-Benjamin Dumont de Montigny, the youngest son of a Paris lawyer, set sail for Louisiana in 1719. Fortune failed to smile upon Dumont in America. Over the next 18 years, he watched his comrades die in battle, got lost in the coastal swamps, suffered from malaria and scurvy, survived quarantine on a pestilential ship, nearly drowned in the Mississippi River, and saw his home destroyed by fire. Amidst it all, he started a farm, married, and raised two children. Carla Zecher will share the story of Dumont and the recent translation and publication of his manuscript memoir, which resides at the Newberry and brings to life the world of colonial France.