The Last Voyageurs: Retracing La Salle's Journey Across America: 16 Teenagers on the Adventure of a Lifetime Book by Lorraine Boissoneault
In 1976, America's bicentennial, 24 young men set out to re-create French explorer La Salle's voyage down the entire length of the Mississippi River, abandoning their modern identities and facing the challenges of the 1600s. As part of the reenactment expedition, the voyageurs faced a series of challenges including making canoes that could deal with water pollution. While recounting the history of La Salle’s original voyage, the group discussed historic techniques for surviving cold weather and the benefits and challenges of a voyageur diet. The Last Voyagers tells the story of an American odyssey, near-death experiences, and self-discovery. Lorraine Boissoneault is a journalist and staff writer for Smithsonian Magazine. She covers history, archaeology, foreign affairs and the environment. She has previously written for The Atlantic, Salon, Nautilus, Sierra Magazine and many others. The Last Voyageurs is her first book, and was a finalist for the Chicago Book of the Year Award. She lives in Chicago, and is originally from northern Ohio. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.