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Date: May 31, 2017

Saturday Speaker Series Kicks off June 10, 2017:
"Eyes on Rose, Mother of York"

Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, Omaha, NE – The Saturday Speaker Series begins this year with Marlene Rivero on June 10, 2017. Marlene's one-woman show uses period dress and includes wonderful solo performances of period slave songs. Her original interpretation of the story of York (the slave of William Clark), is through the eyes of his slave mother. 

York was a member of the Corps of Discovery. He worked along side the rest of the members of the expedition as an equal, but after the Corps' return in 1806 he was given no compensation for the work he had done and returned to servitude as Clark's personal slave. 

This is a free event. It will take place at the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Headquarters Visitor Center located on Omaha's riverfront next to the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, 601 Riverfront Drive. Youth program at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm and an all ages program at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

Marlene Rivero was born and raised in Grand Chain, Illinois. She received her B.S. from the School of Forestry at Southern Illinois University in 1977. She worked professionally with the United States Forest Service until retirement in 2011. Marlene uses first person dramatization to showcase African-American women and their roles in history. She is also well known for her portrayal as Harriet Tubman, Ann Stokes an African American Civil War nurse, and other known and unknown African American, Native American, and bi-racial women. She has also become a painter and a sculpture in recent years. For more information about Marlene visit her Facebook page at 
Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail traverses over 3700 miles across the states of Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. It is part of the National Park Service. Its headquarters is located at 601 Riverfront Drive in Omaha, Nebraska where there is a small Visitors Center open to the public year-round. Visitors can also obtain American the Beautiful Passes, to include the Annual, Active Military, Senior, Access, and Every Kid in a Park, by stopping by the Visitor Center during open hours. 
For additional information on Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, please call 402-661-1804 or visit www.nps.gov/lecl  and join the conversation at www.facebook.com/lewisandclarknht and www.twitter.com/LewisClarkTrail.
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Last updated: May 31, 2017

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