Meeting on March 28
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!
information, contact Warren Greer by e-mail at Warren.Greer@k y.gov or by phone at (502) 564-5135 ext.
to the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, click
Frankfort/Franklin County are Excited about the Lewis and Clark
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,
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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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.