Show Me The State: The Disappearance Of Paw Paw French | KBIA

Show Me The State: The Disappearance Of Paw Paw French

Feb 22, 2021

French settlers colonized southeast Missouri over 200 years ago. And with them came the French language and culture.

They mined the lead belt region and created an insular community in Old Mines revolving around house parties, music and church.

Over time they developed their very own dialect called “Paw Paw” French that was used well into the 20th century. But then it started to disappear.

We want to find out what happened and is there anyone alive who can still speak it today?