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La Charrette Village

Interested in what Lewis & Clark, Daniel Boone, Zebulon Pike, John Colter, President Jefferson and other notables thought about America's newly acquired westernmost village? Enjoy the west...before it became distorted by TV, movies and novels.

Location: Port Aransas, Texas, United States

A retired professor of Food and Animal Science at Texas A&M University, The University of Connecticut and Texas Tech. A cowboy in my previous life...never thought about being a professor or an author.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

A Spoonful of History

Can you identify this celebrated spoon (shown below) with historical significance to the Louisaina Purchase and La Charrette?

Your first clue may be found at this link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Louis_Exposition

The second clue involves the author of La Charrette. Have you made all the linkages yet?

For the complete story proceed to the title link above. There you'll discover how historical spoons celebrate their 100th birthday!

La Charrette Available as e-book, too

Both paperback and e-book alternatives are available for La Charrette: A History of the Village Gateway to the American Frontier Visited by Lewis and Clark * Daniel Boone * Zebulon Pike to customers. The title link takes you directly to the publishers bookstore. Other outlets also offer both options.

I wanted the La Charrette story to be available to as many potential readers as possible. Help yourself!

Lowell Schake's La Charrette Web Page

Did you know there is a Web Page devoted exclusively La Charrette ? Recently one was established to keep everyone informed about Current Events, Press Room Releases, new La Charrette blog materials and the other books of mine. Click on the title link to discover more about this missing link in American Frontier History. See you there!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

North Texas Book Festival April 22

Remember the North Texas Book Festival, April 22 at Denton. This all day event features over 100 authors and La Charrette's Schake will be among them.

Details provided at the title link.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

May 4, Warren County Historical Society Signing

For more information contact:
Sarah Wischhof, (402) 323-7800 x279

Warren County to Feature Missing Link in History

Warrenton, Mo. (April 13, 2006) — The almost forgotten village of La Charrette - the first settlement in present-day Warren County as the westernmost settlement of the Louisiana Purchase - returns to life in the works of retired professor Lowell M. Schake.

“My purpose in writing La Charrette: A History of the Village Gateway to the American Frontier, was to restore the village to its rightful role in national history. To bring ‘life’ back to what previously was only a footnote in history,” says the professor, who was born on Charrette Creek where his ancestors lived on old village farms.

This missing link in American history will be featured by the Warren County Historical Society on Thursday, May 4 at the Schowengerdt House, 308 East Booneslick Road, Warrenton, Missouri from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. “The Society will offer copies for sale and Dr. Schake will be available for comments and signings,” the Society’s President, Alouise Marschel, said. Schake will also be donating his reference materials acquired while researching village history to the Society archives.

“I searched at least a thousand documents seeking clues,” Schake said. “Jerome Holtmeyer of Washington, Mo., my collaborator, contributed invaluable data on maps aiding it pinpointing La Charrette’s exact location and where Lewis and Clark spent the night in 1804. Others, like Marthasville historian Ralph Gregory, also assisted me greatly.”

Schake’s book has been widely featured. Only a few weeks ago he shared village history with over a thousand Denton, Texas elementary school children explaining that “La Charrette children attended neither school nor church nor shopped in stores. Instead of tennis shoes with blinking lights, they wore moccasins, or went barefoot like their Native American mothers.” Their rich multicultural lives languished in obscurity until revealed by his book

La Charrette families and their guests represented a virtual ‘Who’s Who’ of the American West. Had it not been for the French in control of St. Louis at the time, Lewis and Clark would have trained there. While spending three days there, Zebulon Pike acquired the first map of the Santa Fe Trail. The town was also honored by the presence of heroes like Daniel Boone, America’s First Mountain Man John Colter, Charles ‘Indian’ Phillips and Flanders Callaway. La Charrette offers a compelling look at the daily lives of settlers residing on the absolute edge of America’s frontier – their hardships and their triumphs. When displaced from La Charrette, these same families formed Cote sans Dessein upriver, America’s next westernmost frontier settlement.

Schake’s current work is a biography about an amateur birder who becomes instrumental in saving three endangered species to include the Whooping Cranes. Lowell and wife Wendy live at Port Aransas, Texas. They have two children and four grandchildren.

Proceed to the title link to learn about the Schowengerdt House, where this signing will be held.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

iUniverse, Inc. News Release - Denton, Texas Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Publish as desired, and participate in these events of an iUniverse Star Performing book. Proceed to title link for more Star books).


Denton, TX (March 27, 2006)—The works of a Missouri-born author and retired professor will be featured in three local events from April 22-26, 2006. His book, La Charrette: A History of The Village Gateway to the American Frontier, is central to two ongoing national bicentennial celebrations, that of Lewis and Clark and Zebulon Pike’s. Never before has the history of multi-cultural La Charrette Village, America’s first westernmost village of the Louisiana Purchase, been revealed. “Both expeditions departed from La Charrette in 1804 and 1806, respectively,” said the author, Dr. Lowell M. Schake. “This September 20, Lewis and Clark re-enactors will return to the location where the village once stood to again ‘Shout for Joy’!”

This missing link in American history will be among the 100 or books featured at The North Texas Book Festival on Saturday, April 22 at The Denton Civic Center, 321 East McKinney Street at Bell Avenue from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Denton Public Library will host a reception and book signing for the Port Aransas, TX author on Sunday, April 23 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at the Emily Fowler Library at 502 Oakland. Schake explained, “that only seven families lived at La Charrette Village, yet they represented a virtual ‘Who’s Who’ of the American West with unique ties to Texas. Lewis and Clark wanted to train there, but the French denied them entry into the territory.”

On April 24, 25 and 26, Schake has volunteered to tell Denton ISD 4th and 5th graders about life at this multi-lingual Missouri River village where the Native American-French families lived with nine orphan children. “There was no school, church or store, just a rugged fur trading outpost with a river landing” is how Schake described the lost village of his birth where his maternal grandparents once lived in the same cabin as Daniel Boone did years before.

As the last-known settlement west of the Missouri River, La Charrette played a pivotal role for travelers on their way to exploring the American frontier. It was there that they stopped to rest, to conduct their business, or to get maps and advice for their journey.

Schake’s book is important not only to American history, but also important to the study of diversity. As a settlement of French and German settlers, Black slaves and American Indians, La Charrette was an early experiment in multiculturalism. as a settlement of French and German settlers, Black slaves and American Indians. The rich multicultural history of this small Missouri town had languished in obscurity until this book was published. La Charrette offers a compelling look at the daily lives of frontier settlers—their hardships and their triumphs.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

La Charrette Rendezvous 2006

Two La Charrette related events were announced in the February 23, 2006 issue of the Marthasville Record. Mark your calendar to participate!

Lewis and Clark Return Rendezvous are scheduled for October 21 - 22. Plans are for this to become an annual event to coincide with Heritage Days. This years Rendezvous events will be similiar to those of 2004 demonstrating life as it was lived at La Charrette 200 years ago. Additionally, a monument will be dedicated in Marthasville City Park to honor the La Charrette site. Once again, La Charrette banners will be flying.

On March 1 and 2, 2006, historic interpreters will be available the Daniel Boone Home and Boonesfield Village from 10:00 a.m. til 4:00 p.m. This celebration of pioneer life in Missouri is to take place at 1868 Highway F in Defiance, Missouri. Call 636-798-2005 for more information. The Boone Home and Boonefields Village are owned and operated by Lindenwood University. Pam Jensen is Manager, supported by volunteers like Cathy Schoppenhorts, both lovers of La Charrette history.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

The missing link in the history of the American Frontier

Does the title of this blog interest you? Its really true. La Charrette is the missing link in the history of the American frontier AND the reason many have ignored its significance. Join the enlightened crowd by proceeding to the title link. Discover that Lewis and Clark returned to La Charrette Village on the north bank of the Missouri River, not St. Louis as some erroneously imply. Learn more by reading this first ever history of La Charrette Village. Its significance is recorded in history.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Legacy of the Expedition

Plan on participating in these events as Lewis and Clark reenactors will soon "Shout for joy" as they 'pass-by' the original La Charrette Village site upon their return. A promotional item sent me follows below with my comments added in bold brackets. Enjoy the events.

On Saturday, March 25th and Sunday, March 26th, 2006 the Washington Lewis and Clark Committee of Washington, MO will present their final Symposium: Legacy of the Expedition. This two-day program in the beautiful C.J. Burger Theatre will explore the impact of the Lewis and Clark expedition on our history since its return in 1806. The symposium will re-introduce the Osage Indians, one of the largest tribes residing in Missouri in 1806, and examine the effects of Bicentennial on our knowledge of the original expedition, American Indians, the Missouri River and its environs.

Speakers will include Kathryn Red Corn, Director of the Osage Tribal Museum in Pawhuska, Oklahoma; Missouri State Historian James M. Denny, author of Atlas of Lewis and Clark in Missouri; Charles Red Corn, author of A Pipe for February; Dr. Carol Diaz-Granados: American Indian Pictographs in the Missouri River Valley, James Duncan, an archaeologist specializing in reconstructive archeology and former Director of the Missouri State Museum, and Bob Block, Talkingstick from Pawhuska, Oklahoma on artifacts of the Osage and Mike Venso, photographer: Across the Snowy Ranges. A Saturday luncheon is included which will showcase the Osage textile collection of Danette Daniels, which will be modeled during lunch. Authors will be available for book signings.

Two hundred years ago, the Corps of Discovery led by Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark had been given up as lost or dead. But with their return to St. Louis [La Charrette Village on September 20, 1806, nor did they depart from St. Louis -sic] in September 1806 came a massive amount of information about the vast new Louisiana Territory and its inhabitants, the American Indians. Participants will explore how this knowledge affected history and how the Bicentennial itself has changed our views of the expedition.

Tickets are $50.00 if purchased in advance and include attendance at both days of the event, the Saturday luncheon & clothing show, and a tour of Fort Charrette in Washington, Missouri. [Please do not confuse this recreated version of La Charrette Village once on the north bank of the Missouri at the mouth of Charrette Creek with this modern day namesake on the south side of the Missouri River]. Tickets will be $60 if purchased that day and may not include a tour of Fort Charrette. Tickets may be purchased online at www.washingtonmo.us at the Missourian Publishing Office at 14 West Main, or Gary Lucy Galleries at 231 West Main, both in Washington, Missouri. For more information e-mail lewisclark@washingtonmo.us or to purchase tickets by credit card (Discover, Visa, Mastercard) call 636-390-8257.