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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, August 03, 2005

Unique Book Signing Events

When invited for a book signing by Eva Poole of the Denton Public Library, Denton, Texas in 2003, I had little idea what that might involve. It was to be the first public event staged in their new North Branch Library community room. I was to make a presesntation about La Charrette following dinner that evening. Soon others became involved with assistance from my sister Virginia Gallian.

Eva, Virginia, Wendy and Lowell Schake are shown (above) seated with the white table cloth, silverware and La Charrette decorations to enhance this evening event. Toni Thomas even created invitations with a colorful rendition of La Charrette Village on the front. But the meal with its dessert was planned by Martha Len Nelson and published in her local newspaper column as described at the title link. Seventy-five attended to learn more about this village now famous in anticipation of the National Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Celebrations just getting underway.

Another equally unique event was the signing staged under the front porch of the newly created La Charrette bousillage cabin in Marthasville Park in Warren County, Missouri. In contrast to Denton, this May 2004 event featured the wilderness as we attempted to recreate life of 200 years previous amid torrential downpours dispersing hundreds into nearby shelters. Even so, by noon the entire community supply of La Charrette books was sold out. These downpours were highly reminiscent of those recorded by almost every expedition coming to La Charrette, including The Corps of Discovery in May, 1804.

Behind the left side of the cabin smoke is faintly visible from camp fires and local reenactors are carving a canoe out of a cottonwood log on the other side. These "Rendezvous Days" of La Charrette were among the most authentic of celebrations along the entire Missouri. In total some 16 book signing events were held in Texas and Missouri...all were unique, and greatly enjoyed, and appreciated, by the author.


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