An exciting chapter of Vroman’s History | Carol Coté and Barbara Huggins discuss & sign The Trail of an Extraordinary Man: Allan David Sheldon, A Biography

by Rachel on March 6, 2014

We’re always very excited for an opportunity to teach people a little bit about the history of Vroman’s, so we’re very proud to present authors Carol Ruth Sheldon Coté & Barbara Sheldon Huggins as they present & sign The Trail of an Extraordinary Man: Allan David Sheldon, A Biography on Thursday, March 20 at 7pm.  With it’s fascinating stories and photographs, you can travel with Allan David Sheldon on his adventures from Nome to Seattle to Nevada, and finally, to Pasadena, where he came to help his godfather, Adam Clark Vroman, run his bookstore.

The Trail of an Extraordinary Man: Allan David Sheldon, A Biography
by Carol Ruth Sheldon Coté & Barbara Sheldon Huggins
Whether you’re interested in American history, Pasadena history, or Vroman’s history, join us for this exciting event!

How did a young boy from Illinois end up caught in an ice floe in the Bering Sea? How did the Alaska Gold rush shape the success and culture of a California bookstore? What was Pasadena like in the early 1900s?

Sheldon family home under snow, Nome, Alaska, 1907
Photograph by Allan Sheldon

Join us for a discussion of all of this and more as the granddaughters of Allan Sheldon (owner of Vroman’s Bookstore from 1920-1950) present and sign their new book, The Trail of an Extraordinary Man: Allan David Sheldon, A Biography. Joining them will be Vroman’s current owner, Joel Vroman Sheldon, to speak about the lasting impacts of Allan’s entrepreneurial spirit, work ethic, integrity, commitment and leadership at Vroman’s.

A sleigh ride party, c. 1906
Photograph by Allan Sheldon

Adam Clark Vroman founded Vroman’s Bookstore in 1894. When he died, he left the store to longtime employees, one of whom was his godson, Allan Sheldon. From the docks of Seattle, to the Alaskan gold rush, to a family business at the heart of the new west, Sheldon’s life is a Vroman’s story, and an American story.

Ice floe piled up on shore at Nome, Alaska.
Unidentified man with one of Allan Sheldon’s dogs.
Photograph by Allan Sheldon

The publishing of The Trail of an Extraordinary Man marks 100 years of management and ownership of A. C. Vroman’s, Inc. under the Sheldon name. Today, Vroman’s continues to thrive and develop under the direction of Allan’s great-nephew, Joel Vroman Sheldon III.

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