French Colonial Living History on the Frontier: Meet Joffrey Boyer
Grades: 6 - 8

Video Description: New October 2022! Learn about moccasin making and how cultures change through time from a living history performer at the Louis Bolduc house in Ste. Genevieve, MO.

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-189**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • The living history performer speaks about many different cultures that have contributed to life in Ste. Genevieve, MO. Have students make a list of these and the contributions made by each, while viewing the video. Use their lists to spur a classroom discussion on the influences cultures have on one another, citing examples from the video as well as students’ own experiences and other examples they know from their classroom study.
  • Use the video as part of your study of life on the frontier in early American history. What do the students notice about the house, the tools he uses, his dress? How difficult do they think life would have been for people in Mr. Boyer’s time?


*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.