French Colonial Living History on the Frontier: Meet Jean Baptiste Maurice dit Chantillon
Grades: 6 - 8

Video Description: New October 2022! A living history performer named Jean Baptiste Maurice dit Chantillon, based in Ste. Genevieve MO, demonstrates wood working and discusses his trade.

Learn more about French Colonial history with our video partner, The Centre for French Colonial Life in Ste. Genevieve, MO and on their Facebook page, here.

Type of Video: Profile*
Unique Video ID: US History-190**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Assume the house is 800 square feet with a flat roof and have students calculate the number of shingles needed to cover the roof. For an additional challenge add a pitch of 4/12.
  • Use the video as part of your study of the American frontier. What do students learn about living on the frontier that they didn’t know before? What frontier persona would they like to take on as part of a Living History performance in class?


*Profile videos use a first-person/first-hand approach to highlight interesting people doing interesting things in the area of study.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.