Celebrate Christmas like the voyageurs?

Celebrate Christmas like the voyageurs?

Q: How did voyageurs celebrate Christmas ?  A: Not like we do. Our favorite holiday traditions hadn’t been invented yet, so no Ho-Ho-Hos, no Santa, no tree or decorations, no cookies or concerts, no Nutcracker or Christmas Carol performances, no Grinch or...
Discover Prairie du Chien in the 1800s

Discover Prairie du Chien in the 1800s

My novels focus on the voyageurs as they paddled from Canada. But what were French-Canadian villages like? At Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, we spent three days experiencing what one may have felt like. There were hundreds of take-aways. To give you a flavor, Jean Day...
Before the actual fur trading begins

Before the actual fur trading begins

As it’s coming on wintry weather, did you ever wonder — What were the voyageurs doing 200 years ago in this season? But of course you did. By October they’d returned to their posts with loads of new goods from the rendezvous, ready to start trading. What...

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