Lewis and Clark
National Historic Trail Events for 2005


May

May 8 -18 (Second Week and a Half), Lewis and Clark Heritage Days, Frontier Park, St. Charles, Missouri. Invitation to participants: Crafters, demonstrators, entertainers, food vendors, sutlers and traders portraying the time period of 1750-1812 are welcome to apply for participation in the Lewis and Clark Heritage Days. Contact: mamccoyusa@yahoo.com Civilian and military reenactors of the time period from the French and Indian War through the War of 1812 can apply by contacting: wbrecht@yahoo.com Contact Name: John Dengler St. Charles Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission 700 South Main St. Charles, MO 63301, Phone: 636-946-6899, Email: innkeeper@booneslick.com,
Web site: www.lewisandclarkstcharles.com.

May 14 - 15 Camp River Dubois: 'Point of Departure' Hartford, Illinois. See what life was like at Camp River Dubois while the Lewis and Clark Expedition readied for their departure. Costumed re-enactors will demonstrate blacksmithing, candle making, cooking, and other crafts of the time. Watch the Detachment as they prepare for their departure from Camp River Dubois on their way westward. Lewis & Clark State Historic Site, One Lewis and Clark Trail, Hartford, IL 62048. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. both days. For information call 618-251-5811.

June

June 1 - July 4, Explore! the Big Sky - As part of one of the national Signature Events endorsed by the National Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Council for the 2003-2006 Lewis and Clark Bicentennial, Chouteau and Cascade counties and the communities of Great Falls and Fort Benton, Montana, invite the world to Big Sky Country to commemorate the Corps of Discovery’s second Independence Day in the West and the end of the tortuous portage around the great falls of the Missouri River. The month-long “Explore! the Big Sky” event will wrap up July 4. Details will be posted as they become available. Where: Fort Benton and Great Falls. Cost: Further details forthcoming; Web site: http://www.explorethebigsky.org/. Contact: Peggy Bourne, director, 406-455-8451, pbourne@ci.great-falls.mt.us.

June 4-5, Lewis & Clark Rendezvous, Missouri River Celebration, Rocheport, Missouri -- Lewis & Clark Reenactment, Traditional Music, Missouri River Educational Displays, Oral Histories, Children's Events, a Bike-A-Thon, and more. For more information call 573-256-2602 or visit the web site www.moriver.org. or email at moriver@coin.org.

June 4-5, Lewis & Clark Days, Washburn, North Dakota. Parade, buffalo barbecue, reenactments, lectures, demonstrations, including Fort Mandan replica nearby. For more information call 701-462-8535.

June 4-5, Lewis and Clark Days: at Fort Walla Walla Museum. Call 509-525-7703 for more information.

June 11 - 12 Kids of Discovery - Wanted!! Hartford, Illinois.Junior volunteers sought after to join the Corps of Discovery. All volunteers and their parents should report to Lewis and Clark State Historic Site to enlist in the Expedition to the Western Ocean. Volunteers will be mustered into service based on their knowledge and skill in frontier ways. Junior Corps mates will get their own journal to log their adventure at Camp River Dubois. Lewis & Clark State Historic Site, One Lewis and Clark Trail, Hartford, IL 62048. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. both days. For information call 618-251-5811.

June 11-12, Lewis and Clark Festival - This festival will be held at Lewis and Clark State Park in Onawa, IA. It will feature a Buffalo burger feed, historical reenactments, films, lectures, and demonstrations. The area has an 1804 encampment as well as a fur trade era encampment and will have vendors. The park also has life size keelboat and pirogue replicas. For information contact the park office at 712-423-2829.

June 17, 18, & 19, Lewis and Clark Days, Fort Mandan, North Dakota. Join us for our Annual Community Event that is great fun for people of all ages! Blacksmithing, furtrades rendezvous, parades, carnival, rodeo, plays and much much more. For information contact North Dakota Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, PO Box 607, Washburn, ND 58577, Phone: (701) 462-8535.

June 18-19, Lolo Days, the Lolo Community Center Park, located on Highway 93 in Lolo, MT, just south of the Highway 12 intersection. Contact Information: PO Box 1111, Lolo, MT 59847, Phone: 406-273-0182, Website: http://www.lolomontana.com,
Email: lolokid@micro-mania.net.

June 25-26, Lewis and Clark Trad'n Days. This Planned 2 -Day Event is to commenorate the contributions the Lewis & Clark Expediton made to the founding of Weston Missouri more than 30 years after the expedition camped at the site on the Missouri River on July 2, 1804. This will be a timeline of events from 1740 to 1840, with demonstrations, family fun and good food. Call 1-888-635-7457 for details.

July

July 1-4, Final four days of “Explore! the Big Sky ” Chouteau and Cascade counties and the communities of Great Falls and Fort Benton, Montana, invite the world to Big Sky Country for one of the national Signature Events endorsed by the National Council of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial for the national Signature Events endorsed by the National Council of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial for the 2003-2006 Lewis and Clark Bicentennial. Activities these tow days will commemorate the Corps of Discovery’s second Independence Day in the West and the end of the tortuous portage around the great falls of the Missouri. Details will be posted as they become available. When: July 1-4, 2005 Where: Great Falls Cost: further details forthcoming; Web site: http://www.explorethebigsky.org/. Contact: Peggy Bourne, director, 406-455-8451, pbourne@ci.great-falls.mt.us.

July 6, Seaman's Day, - presented by Sweetbay Newfoundland Kennel at Fort Clatsop at midday. Call the park at 503-861-2471 for more information.

July 30-31, Culture Fest, Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, Hazen, North Dakota. Enactment's of the Fur Trade, Native American life from the Lewis & Clark time period, and Lewis & Clark events. Contact the park at 701-745-3309 for more information.

July 30-31, White Catfish Camp, Lewis & Clark Festival, Council Bluffs, Iowa. Held at the Western Trails Heritage Center, the last weekend in July. For more information call 712-366-4900.

July 30, Three Forks Area Festival of Discovery, Three Forks, Montana. For general information, or if you would like to receive a participation packet to be able to participate as a speaker, presenter, vendor or volunteer, please send a SASE (legal) to Three Forks Area Festival of Discovery, P.O. Box 116, Three Forks, MT 59752, Phone: 406-285-4753,
Web site: http://www.threeforksmontana.com/calendar.html#festival,
Email: threeforkschamber@onebox.com.

August

August, Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation Annual Meeting Astoria, Oregon Annual membership meeting of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. Membership is open to all members of the Foundation. Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation PO Box 3434 Great Falls, MT 59403 888-701-3434.

August 19-21, Sacajawea Heritage Days : The event features a free community concert, a Cattlemen’s Barbeque, Traveling Trunk displays (Corps of Discovery replica artifacts), Fort Hall Inter-Tribal Dance Company, Historical Presentations and demonstrations by artists and artisans on arts and crafts reminiscent of the period. Come celebrate Sacajawea Heritage Days with the Salmon, Idaho community. For the latest details contact the Salmon Valley Chamber of Commerce at 800-727-2540, or the Sacajawea Center at 208-756-1188.

August 20-21, Sergeant Floyd 1804 Living History Encampment Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center, 1000 Larsen Park Road, Sioux City, Iowa. The encampment is an annual observance of the death of Sergeant Charles Floyd at present day Sioux City, Iowa. Sergeant Floyd was the only fatality of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Visitors will be able to examine authentic tents, camp equipment, uniforms and firearms like those used by the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804. Activities both days will include an 1804 reveille and flag-raising ceremony, periodic musters and inspections, and arms drills. The encampment will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. through early afternoon on Sunday. The public is invited to attend a re-enactment of the burial of Sergeant Floyd, conducted in full costume at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday evening at the Floyd Monument. The living-history presentation of the camp and burial of August 20, 1804 will be presented by the Discovery Corps, an Omaha-based historical reenactment group. Kathy Meisner Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center 1000 Larsen Park Road Sioux City, IA 51104-4914, Phone: 712-279-0198, email: scpm@sioux-city.org
Web site: www.sioux-city.org/museum.

August 20-21, Elk Point Heritage Days Festival, Heritage Park, Elk Point, South Dakota. Reenactments of the Patrick Gass election by the Corps of Discovery will be performed during the festival and on the anniversary which is August 22. For more information call Alice Murphy at 605-356-2164 or the Festival Chairperson at 605-356-3336 (This is a drugstore but they know the answers.).

August 20-21, Lewis & Clark Festival, W.H.Over Museum, Vermillion, South Dakota. For more information call Chamber of Commerce at 800-809-2071 or 605-677-5228.

August 20-21, Lewis & Clark Festival, Yankton, South Dakota. (Festival is held the fourth weekend of August.)Reenactment camp, speakers, singers, Native American dancing, council meeting reenactment. Contact the Lewis & Clark Visitor Center at 402-667-7873 ext. 3246.

September

September 17 - 18 Lewis and Clark Music Festival, Hartford, Illinois. Traditional music of the late 1700's and early 1800's. Watch, Listen and Participate in this wonderful Music and Dance Festival. Come be a part of this multi-cultural two-day event. Listen to early American, French, Spanish and American Indian music in venues both in and outdoors. Lewis & Clark State Historic Site, One Lewis and Clark Trail, Hartford, IL 62048. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. both days. For information call 618-251-5811.

September 17-18, Lewis & Clark Goosefest, Pierre, South Dakota. An outdoor festival celebrating Lewis & Clark and the migration of the geese, call 800-962-2034 for more information.

October
October 8-9, Lewis and Clark Days, Clarkston, Washington. Events, storytelling, boy scout activities, canoe building - for more information contact Doreen Bridgmount at 509-758-3126.

October 15, Down to the Great Columbia: A Lewis and Clark Heritage Festival, Columbia Park, Kennewick, WA. The Corps of Discovery was welcomed at this site by an estimated 200 Native Americans on October 16 - 18, 1805. While in the midst of these Sahaptian-speaking peoples, the explorers traded goods, bought food, cataloged languages and documented the widths of both the Snake and Columbia rivers. It was also at this site that the explorers knew for the first time since leaving chartered territory that they had taken the correct routes and were indeed soon to reach the Pacific Ocean, confirmed by their sighting of Mt. Hood near Wallula Junction on October 18, 1805. To commemorate this historic event, the day's activities will include living history presentations, first-person interpretation, entertainment, music, a hands-on kid's camp, Native American culture and skills demonstrations, guest speakers, nature walks, food booths and more. Admission to this event is free. For More Information call Kathy Blasdel at 800-254-5824 or 509-735-8486 x.32, Website: www.downthegreatcolumbia.com, Email: kathy@VisitTri-Cities.com.

October 22-23, Falls of the Ohio Lewis and Clark Festival : Clarksville, IN and Louisville, KY. Call 502-292-0059 for information.

November

November 4 - 5 Camp River Dubois by Candlelight, Hartford, Illinois. When the sun sets early in November and the air is crisp and chilled, visitors can warm themselves by the fires of Camp River Dubois. Starting at 5:30 guests will take pleasure in the radiance of candle lights reflecting and flickering as they stroll through the camp. Visitors will cast their shadows onto the camp walls while they interact with re-enactors portraying the men of 'The Detachment' and the historic civilian population. Enjoy the candle light and the wonderful atmosphere of Camp River Dubois. Lewis & Clark State Historic Site, One Lewis and Clark Trail, Hartford, IL 62048. For information call 618-251-5811.

Sacagawea/Sacajawea and the Lewis and Clark Expedition: American Indian Perspectives, History Department, College of Liberal Arts, Washington State University - the series goes on the road to cities across the Northwest. From the Vancouver, WA / Portland, OR area to the Tri-Cities, Lewiston, ID, and Spokane, WA, historian and performer, Professor Jeanne Eder (Dakota Sioux), will present her portrayal of Sacagawea, the Shoshone woman who accompanied the Lewis and Clark expedition. Eder ’s performance examines Sacagawea's life and presents an often overlooked historical perspective of Indian women. Historians and local tribal representatives will provide valuable context. For more information about these events contact:
Pat Thorsten, History Dept. pthorsten@wsu.edu (509)-335-4626.

November 24-27, Destination 2005 - The Pacific - National Signature Event Fort Clatsop, Astoria, Oregon "Ocian in View! O! the joy." - wrote William Clark on November 7, 1805. To coincide with the 200th anniversary of the Corps of Discovery’s historic arrival at the Pacific Ocean, the Lower Columbia region will host a national observance of the Corps’ Fort Clatsop sojourn. The event will center around Fort Clatsop National Memorial (National Park Service) and other Lewis and Clark sites. It will commemorate the historic vote of all Corps members to determine where to stay the winter, and examine the cultural exchanges and scientific fruits of that long wet stay. For additional information contact: Chip Jenkins at 503-861-2471, Ext. 211, email: chip_jenkins@nps.gov.

November 28 - December 11, A Lewis & Clark Fortnight, The Vancouver/Clark County Washington communities will commemorate the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery's visit with two weeks of events. Corps of Discovery II will be on the Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Other events will include lectures, encampments, tree lighting in Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver, Christmas at Fort Vancouver and the Festival of the Trees.

December

December 10 - 11 Arrival at Camp River Dubois. Come celebrate the arrival of Lewis & Clark to Camp River Dubois. This annual special event weekend commemorates December 12, the day William Clark and the men of 'The Detachment' arrived at the confluence of the River Dubois, Mississippi, and Missouri Rivers. The 'Arrival at Camp River Dubois' will include: re-enactors portraying the men of 'The Detachment' and the local civilian population; in addition to, guest lectures and period music. Several exhibitors will be on hand displaying historic artifacts and colonial tools. Lewis & Clark State Historic Site, One Lewis and Clark Trail, Hartford, IL 62048. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. both days. For information call 618-251-5811.

 

 

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