The Lewis & Clark Expedition:
Documenting the Uncharted Northwest--
The Lewis & Clark Expedition: Documenting the Uncharted Northwest examines the journey of these American explorers and provides insight into the people, plants, animals, landscapes, and challenges the expedition encountered along the way. Those interested in learning more will find that the Internet offers a variety of interesting materials.
Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail
The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail is a unit of the National
Park System. Visit the park's Web
pages for a brief synopsis of the trail's history, maps of the expedition,
a list of associated sites, and other related information.
Fort Clatsop National Memorial
The Fort Clatsop National Memorial is a unit of the National Park System. Visit the park's Web pages for a detailed history of the journey to the Northwest Coast. This website not only provides information on the flora and fauna discovered in the area, but also offers descriptions of the expedition's day-to-day duties while wintering at Ft. Clatsop into the early months of 1806.
Nez Perce National Historic Park
The Nez Perce National Historic Park is a unit of the National Park System. Visit the park's Web pages for information about the park's 38 sites scattered across the states of Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Montana. They commemorate the stories and history of the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) and their interaction with explorers, fur traders, missionaries, soldiers, settlers, gold miners, and farmers who moved through or into the area, including Lewis and Clark.
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is a unit of the National Park System. Comprised of the St. Louis Gateway Arch, St. Louis' Old Courthouse, and the Museum of Westward Expansion, this site offers a broad look at the significance of the St. Louis area on American history and the era of westward expansion. Visit the park's website for extensive materials on the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Lewis and Clark Expedition Travel Itinerary
The National Register of Historic Places' on-line travel itinerary on the Lewis and Clark Expedition provides information on 41 historic places listed in the National Register and associated with Lewis and Clark. Many of these places are also part of the National Park Service's Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.
American Presidents Travel Itinerary
The Discover Our Shared Heritage online travel itinerary on American Presidents provides information on places associated with the 3rd President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson: National Historic Landmarks Monticello and Poplar Forest and the National Park Service’s Thomas Jefferson Memorial.
Historic Places of America’s Diverse Culture
The National Register of Historic Places online itinerary Places Reflecting America’s Diverse Cultures highlights the historic places and stories of America’s diverse cultural heritage. This itinerary seeks to share the contributions various peoples have made in creating American culture and history.
Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site
Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site is a unit of the National Park System. The park's Web pages offer extensive information about the site. Students can learn the history of Knife River, take a tour of an earthlodge, learn about American Indian village life and culture, and view photos from the park's collection. Knife River is also the subject of a Teaching with Historic Places lesson plan titled, Knife River: Early Village Life on the Plains.
National Park Service - Museum Management Program
American West: Nez Perce NHP is an online exhibit exploring the story of the Nez Perce or Nimiipuu story through the objects they made and used over the last 10,000 years. These objects embody the spirituality, beliefs, and traditions of the Nimiipuu, and are a tangible link to a vibrant living culture.
The Museum Management Program has eight lesson focusing on the Nez Perce National Historic Park in their Teaching with Museum Collections series: Fashion Detective - An Investigation of Continuity and Change in Nez Perce Country, Nez Perce Flutes, The Seasonal Round: a strong influence on the Daily Pulse of the Nez Perce, Daily Life in the Ancient Times of the Nez Perce, Historic Nez Perce Clothing and Adornment, Nez Perce Spirituality: an integrated arts, literature, visual art, music, and dance unit, Native American Games: Nez Perce Stick Game (Lopmix game), and Trade and Transportation.
PBS: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery
Coinciding with the production of Ken Burns' film on the Corps of Discovery, this PBS web site provides a wealth of information about the Lewis and Clark expedition. Replete with biographical information of the crewmembers, Native American group analyses, a complete listing of each member's journal entries, and much more.
National Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Council
The National Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Council is dedicated to the commemoration of the expedition and the acclamation of the native peoples for their extensions of goodwill. On this website, you can find a listing of sites along the westward trail, information about the tribes associated with the trail (including a tribal directory with present-day contact information), links to participating agencies and historical societies, and other related information.
Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation
The Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation website is dedicated to the promotion of Lewis and Clark cultural heritage. Offering views on the legacy of the Corps of Discovery and the importance of trail stewardship, this website focuses on the stimulation of public interest in the "research, development, and preservation of the Lewis and Clark experience".
Montana Historical Society
Montana: Lewis and Clark in Big Sky Country provides access to sources
of information on the Expedition and related themes from the collections
of the Montana Historical Society.
Montana Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission
The website is designed to allow users the ability to quickly locate information related to the bicentennial such as a Resource Library, Education information, American Indian information, a Montana Calendar of Events, Links to related Lewis & Clark web sites, and more.
Nez Perce Tribe
the Nez Perce Tribe website for more information about the Nez Perce
today, their Tribal code, their government, and their history and customs.
Three Affiliated Tribes
Visit the MHA Nation website for more information about the the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara people. Included on the website is an extensive history as well as content about the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara today.
Chinook Indian Tribe
Visit the Chinook Indian Tribe website for a wealth of information about the Chinook tribal government and Chinook culture.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Native American Affairs
This website for the Pacific Region provides links to many of the tribe's websites in this region, and it also provides information on present-day policy and historic treaties.
Lewis and Clark as Naturalists: Smithsonian
The Lewis and Clark as Naturalists website
allows you to follow the Lewis and Clark trail, and discover the flora
and fauna as they described it along the way.
MarcoPolo is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to providing quality online educational materials. MarcoGram features activities to engage students in capturing the spirit of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Included on the website are warm-up activities and links to lessons and resources suitable for use with students in any grade level or subject area.
Explore the history and culture of tribes along the trails followed by Lewis and Clark. Trailtribes.com is part of the Lifelong Learning Project from the University of Montana that works collaboratively with tribes to produce top quality, primary resource materials about American Indian culture and history. Visit this informative website.
For Further Reading
Students and teachers interested in learning more about the Corps of Discovery might want to check out the following publications. The Definitive Journals of Lewis and Clark, edited by Gary E. Moulton (Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2002) is a transcription of the journal entries by Lewis and Clark. Other useful books highlighting different aspects of the expedition are The Natural History of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, edited by Raymond Darwin Burroughs (East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, 1995); Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West, by Stephen E. Ambrose (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996); and Seduced by the American West: Jefferson's America and the Lure of the Land Beyond the Mississippi, by Laurie Winn Carlson (Chicago: Ivan R. Dee Publisher, 2003). For a greater appreciation of the rich American Indian cultures that were instrumental to the success of the expedition read Lewis and Clark Among the Indians, by James P. Ronda (Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2002), The Nez Perce and The Opening of The Northwest, by Alvin M. Josephy (New York: Mariner Books, 1997), and The Lemhi: Sacajawea's People by Brigham D. Madsen.