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Kentucky Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission
March 2006

Community Meeting on March 28

Please join us for the Kentucky Lewis and Clark Community Meeting on Tuesday, March 28 at 1:30 p.m. at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort. We’ll recap the history of the expedition and Kentucky’s role in it, highlight previous activities, and describe plans and opportunities for the homecoming celebration. We also want to hear ideas and plans about what your community can do to commemorate this American epic. Many Kentucky organizations will have table displays at the meeting featuring their Lewis and Clark connections and homecoming programming. Don’t miss the fun! Make plans to attend this important event!

For more information, contact Warren Greer by e-mail at Warren.Greer@k or by phone at (502) 564-5135 ext. 4478.

For directions to the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, click here.

Folks in Frankfort/Franklin County are Excited about the Lewis and Clark Homecoming

Frankfort’s Lewis and Clark legacy will stand tall in 2006, as local leadership is making plans to celebrate the bicentennial of the return of Lewis and Clark through the region en route to Washington, D.C. Under the leadership of the Frankfort/Franklin County Tourist and Convention Commission and Ed Council, owner of Canoe Kentucky, a committee has been formed to plan and coordinate Lewis and Clark programming in fall of 2006. Festivities will commence in early October, which is the bicentennial of the Frankfort Paladium newspaper article that first announced the safe return of the Corps of Discovery. Programming will last until mid- November. Other Franklin County sites doing Lewis and Clark programming include Liberty Hall Historic Site, the Capitol City Museum, and Downtown Frankfort, Inc.

200 Years Ago on the Lewis and Clark Expedition . . .

“. . . we loaded our canoes & at 1 P. M. left Fort Clatsop on our homeward bound journey. at this place we had wintered and remained from the 7th of Decr. 1805 to this day, and have lived as well as we had any right to expect, and we can Say that we were never one day without 3 meals of Some kind a day, either poor Elk meat or roots, notwithstanding the reputed fall of rain which has fallen almost continually . . .”

- Sergeant John Ordway, March 23, 1806

The Corps of Discovery’s winter sojourn on the Pacific coast had finally come to an end. The explorers spent the first three weeks of March preparing for their homeward-bound journey, primarily hunting to lay in a supply of meat and acquiring and readying the canoes. Finally – on yet another rainy day – the captains gave the order to push off up the Columbia and toward home!

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Kentucky Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission

phone: 502.564.1792

Created by executive order and administered by the Kentucky Historical Society, the Kentucky Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission seeks to educate Kentuckians and the nation about Kentucky's important role in the Lewis and Clark Expedition; assist governments and organizations with their Kentucky- related Lewis and Clark bicentennial events and projects; and perform other duties that will highlight and commemorate Kentucky's significant contributions to this historic achievement.