Dr. Jerry Gamache Book Signing Latest News Written by AHS Saturday, 31 May 2008 Dr. Jerry Gamache has authored "Journeys: The Gamache Family in the New World" and will sign books at two locations. On Friday, June 13 from 1-4 p.m.in the Entryway of the Arnold Library at 1701 Missouri State Rd. and again on Sat. June 14 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Arnold Historical Society Museum in Ferd Park, 1838 Old Lemay Ferry Road.
Dr. Gamache chronicles the Gamache family from 1565 in France until the present generation. In 1650 , a portion of the Gamache family immigranted to Quebec, New France (Canada).There they established the town of Cap St. Ignace on the south bank of the St. Lawrence.Members of the family are buried in a crypt beneath the church and more in graveyards around the small town.
In the 1760s Jean-Baptiste took up roots and moved to Detroit and on to Fort Chartres, IL. There he met Pierre Laclede and together with 34 other men canoed across the Mississippi on Feb. 15, 1764 to a new village they named St. Louis.
Jean-Baptiste's marriage in 1767 in St. Louis and the marriage contract, located in the Missouri State Archives, is one of the earliest manuscripts in St. Louis history. Their sons lost the rights to Jefferson Barracks, originally Gamache land, and that is an integral part of Gamache history.
The book sells for $25. A great gift for Father's Day, especially with the author signing it.
The book is dedicated to the founding president of the Arnold Historical Society, Jack Underwood, who wrote a poem for Journeys.