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Who I Am

Born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, I took to all things French at an early age; I learned the language, I analyzed the literature, I admired the culture. Later on, through the University of Minnesota, I studied abroad in southern France, acquiring a taste for life in French.

Real life intervened however, and I returned – we returned – to Minnesota. I got married. I had a daughter. I built and remodeled houses with my dad.

Life would bring me back toward my passion for Frenchness, when my wife’s job brought us to the University of Kansas. There, I studied and taught early modern French history. I specialized in the rural politics of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century France. I loved my time there, and was sad to leave.

Neil guiding

There was one more move in store for us, when my wife got a call from Université Laval. I didn’t have to be asked twice to move to Québec City. This city was the first permanent French establishment in the New World, the capital of New France, the cradle of French civilization in North America. A perfect fit for me…


Neil Schomaker

Québec City, QC