by Michael R. Allen
Books and Crannies: our fourth annual used book sale
Benefits the Chatillon-DeMenil House Foundation
Located at the Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion, 3352 DeMenil Place, Saint Louis, 63118
10 a.m. â€“ 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 15 (preview: 8 a. m. â€“ 10 a. m., $5)
Noon â€“ 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 16
DeMenil Place (April 14, 2010) – The Chatillon-DeMenil House Foundation will hold its fourth annual Used Book Sale at the House on May 15 â€“ 16, 2010. This yearâ€™s theme will be â€œBooks and Crannies.â€ Bigger and better than ever, the sale has outgrown our gift shop: for one weekend, patrons will have access to parts of the house usually off-limits to visitors, including our staff-only kitchen (for cookbooks, of course!) and the basement â€œtunnel.â€
Free tours will be offered throughout the sale weekend.
The Used Book Sale is one of the yearâ€™s biggest fundraisers, providing capital for ongoing operations and restoration projects. Books are accepted at the House from 10 AM â€“ 3PM, Wednesday through Saturday until May.
The Chatillon-DeMenil House was saved from the path of Interstate 55 construction by concerned citizens. A remarkable community effort resulted in its careful restoration. In 1966 the House opened as a museum interpreting the lives of the French-American families who lived there from the 1840s into the 1920s, and as a rare survivor interpreting the tastes and architectural preferences of the Victorian upper class. For more information on the Chatillon-DeMenil House, please visit www.demenil.org or call (314) 771-5828.