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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.

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.


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