The fifth in the series of 'First Friday' events at the Katy Depot will feature guest speaker, Dr. Larry G. Brown, on September 1.

According to a press release from the Katy Depot, Brown will present “Circumstance and Pomp: The Life and Times of Jean Baptiste Charbonneau.”

J.B. “Pomp” Charbonneau was the child of Sacajawea and Toussaint Charbonneau, who were translators and guides for the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Charbonneau was born during the Corps of Discovery’s journey. The press release says that Pomp was educated by William Clark and later became an influential trapper, trader and trailblazer. He participated in many significant events across the American West, including serving as a scout during the Mexican War, took part in the California Gold Rush, and befriended many important Missourians.

The Katy Depot says the presentation is a 'story-based lecture with accompanying illustrations of the life and times of a Missouri-based hero.'

Larry Brown is a retired University of Missouri-Columbia professor of human geography. He was taught several geography courses since 1990, including the Geography of Missouri. Brown is also a regionally-known storyteller, having been a featured storyteller at both the St. Louis and Kansas City Storytelling Festivals. According to the press release, Brown is the current President of Missouri Storytelling, Inc.

Refreshments for the 'First Friday' storytelling event will be served at 5:30.

The presentation will follow at 6:00 p.m.

The Katy Depot says the events are open to the public, but seating is limited and reservations are required by Thursday, Aug. 31. Reservations can be made by calling the Depot at 826-2932.

A $5 suggested donation will be taken at the door.

Randy Kirby