Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Staff Picks: Charbonneau Blanket

One of the fun things about working at the Woolen Mill Store is having the best of the Pendleton Home collection at your fingertips every workday. It's easy to redecorate your bedroom in your imagination -- with a different bedding collection every day.

When we asked the staff about their favorite blankets, some people had an instant answer. Our design and display expert -- who is responsible for our four bedroom set-ups here at the store -- knew immediately which blanket was her favorite.

The Charbonneau blanket is named for Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau, the youngest member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Charbonneau was born just weeks after his mother (Shoshone guide and interpreter Sacagawea) and father (French Canadian trapper Toussaint Charbonneau) joined the Corps of Exploration Expedition to explore the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase territory.

As an adult, Charbonneau roamed the American West as an interpreter, guide, prospector, and more for more than forty years.

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