Saturday was May 11th, 2013. My 72nd birthday. My daughter Gail, who is 50, came up to visit and Susan, my wife, 67, all three of us MA members went to Ste. Genevieve, Missouri to visit Lewis Pruneau, also 67. Wes Bradley, 60, also a member of MA met us there with his daughter Alexis, a mere 14. We ate in The Old Brick House, 18th century, and then toured the oldest city west of the Mississippi of which Lewis is rightly very proud!
Back in 1998, The State of Missouri gave Lewis a commission to recreate the 1832 city of Ste. Genevieve in “N” scale, 1/225th, and he had the assistance of topographers and historians to do all the research. All he had to do was scratch all of the huge diorama. I believe it is about 20 feet by 20 feet in size. It was almost two years in the making, he could have finished it much quicker than that, most of the time was taken by the historians debating various aspects of the tiny buildings. There are many museums in this old city and Lewis has at least one of his dioramas in every one.
Here is me, Gail and Lewis in front of the diorama.
Ditto Wes and Alexis.
Some of the illustrations in the museum.
One of the many wooden structures from the 18th century still standing.
Gail standing by a “Real” stockade fence used to repel Native American raids.
Inside the two hundred year old church.
Lewis, Gail and Susan inside.
After a full day with Lewis and Wes, we returned to Union Station in St. Louis to my favorite restaurant, Landry’s, for some Shrimp Embrochettes and a wonderful meal to end a great birthday!