Hannibal Free Public Library will hold a presentation and book signing on April 10 at 6 p.m. by Christopher Alan Gordon.

Hannibal Free Public Library will hold a presentation and book signing on April 10 at 6 p.m. by Christopher Alan Gordon. 

His recently published book, Fire, Pestilence, and Death: St. Louis, 1849, is about a tumultuous year that caused St. Louis to grow and evolve.  Gordon uses newspaper accounts, letters, diaries, city and county records, as well as contemporary publications, to tell the story through the voices of the people who lived through it. 

While the story is primarily centered on the dramatic events which occurred in St. Louis such as the cholera, Great Fire, and violent crime, towns up and down the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers were also suffering in 1849 from the same or related issues as well.  

Gordon is the Director of Library and Collections of the Missouri Historical Society. 

More about Gordon’s book may be found at http://mohistory.org/mediaroom/fire-pestilence-and-death-st-louis-1849/.  For more information about the program, please contact Hannibal Free Public Library at 573-221-0222 or visit at 200 South 5th Street.