Vernon County Historical Society hosts “La Guillanee” event

VERNON COUNTY, Mo. – The Vernon County Historical Society hosts its annual election of board members and public education program, “La Guillanee” today.

The event featured a musical and educational presentation that explored the European, Canadian and French Creole roots of this Missouri tradition.

French Creole historian and fiddle player Dennis Stroughmatt attended to present festivities.

La Guillanee

Originally a Celtic tradition, La Guillanee focuses on food and community during the winter. The tradition began in Europe as a gesture of charity over two thousand years ago. In France, La Guillanee also brought the community together to celebrate the New Year and French joie de vivre (joy of life).

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