STL's 250th: Founding of St. Louis Re-enactment and Guy Foropon Presentation
On Saturday, February 15, in celebration of the city of St. Louis' 250th anniversary, the National Park Service will host free special events to recognize the rich history of the city and the deep passion of its early founders.
At 11 am, living history portrayers will re-enact when Auguste Chouteau returned to the spot Pierre Laclede marked as the site of a fur trading post west of the Mississippi River. Near where the South Leg of the Gateway Arch stands today, this trading post, which Chouteau and 30 of his men went on to construct, would later become the city of St. Louis. Attendees will meet at the South Leg of the Arch and can interact with Chouteau and his band of men; and demonstrations of 18th century blacksmithing, log hewing techniques, carpentry, and flint and steel fire starting will take place throughout the day.
At 12:30 pm at the Old Courthouse, the National Park Service hosts a special presentation by Guy Foropon, whose great-grandmother, Jeanne Marie Laclede, was a descendant of Pierre Laclede's ancestors. Foropon will present "Bedous, France, a Forgotten Village?" a short presentation on the birthplace of Pierre Laclede. Foropon will discuss how Bedous has hardly changed since Laclede was alive. In fact, the castle where Laclede was born and most of the village's homes were built before 1729 and are still standing today.
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