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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.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

iUniverse, Inc. News Release - Denton, Texas Events

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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.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Marthasville Cancells - Denton Next


Marthasville's September 20 celebration to honor the return of Lewis & Clark has been cancelled, but rescheduled for October 21 & 22, 2006 to coinside with Heritage Days and Deutsch Country Days in Marthasville. Mark your calendar to participate in all these events. More details forthcoming.

Meanwhile plans for three consecutive La Charrette events are unfolding for April 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26, 2006 in Denton, Texas . On April 22 La Charrette will be featured along with 100 or more other authors at the NORTH TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL in the Denton Civic Center at 321 East McKinney Street at Bell Avenue from 8:30 a.m. til 5:00 p.m. Please direct questions to Lynn Sheffield Simmons at 940/464-3368 or Crystal Wood at 940/565-0804, cwood@tattersallpub.com or P.O. Box 308194, Denton, TX 76203-8194. Proceed to the NTBF webpage for more information at http://www.ntbf.org/

The announcement poster for the next two events is reproduced below providing details.
Enjoy refreshments and meet Dr. Lowell M. Schake, author of

La Charrette:

A History of the Village Gateway to the American Frontier Visited

Lewis and Clark * Daniel Boone * Zebulon Pike

Sunday, April 23, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

At the Emily Fowler Library, 502 Oakland in Denton, Texas as featured at the title link.


Select readings from La Charrette with comments about America’s first western village of the Louisiana Purchase offered by the retired professor. His is the first document ever published on this multi-ethnic Missouri River village today central to two national bicentennial celebrations with unique ties to Texas.

“A delicately crafted, absorbing account of an American past seldom encountered in conventional histories … Meticulously researched.”—Kirkus Discoveries of New York

- Endorsed by historians -

"Dr. Schake presents a highly detailed, but easy to read, characterization of La Charrette's long neglected significance. "—Harry Windland, Treasurer, Illinois Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission

“La Charrette adds much-needed pages to the history of the westering experience and the Missouri River.”—Clive G. Siegle, Southern Methodist University, Executive Director, Zebulon Pike Bicentennial Commission

“… it was the last outpost of European settlement on the Missouri River, everyone’s last stop on the way out and the first stop on the way back.”—Walter Kamphoefner, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History, Texas A&M University

“…Schake’s book is part of an exciting new historical trend that gives proper due to the French and Spanish colonial efforts in North America…”- F. Todd Smith, Associate Professor of history, University of North Texas, Denton

Dr. Schake will also be presenting programs to about a 1,000 5th graders on April 24, 25 and 26 and at the DISD Elementary Schools.