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Kentucky Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission

Kentucky Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission

 

April 2006


Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History

Lewis and Clark Community Meeting A Success


The Kentucky Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission recently hosted its fifth community meeting at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort. Representatives from over twenty organizations and communities across the commonwealth attended the event, which focused on the 2006 homecoming of the Corps of Discovery. Meeting attendees included: Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Historic Locust Grove, The Filson Historical Society, Liberty Hall Historic Home, Canoe Kentucky, the Lexington History Museum, Salato Wildlife Center, the Kentucky Historical Society, the Kentucky Department of Parks, and many others. The commission’s new web site, www. lewisandclarkinkentucky.org, was also featured at the meeting along with the community grant program, which funds Lewis and Clark programming through 2006. The event concluded with site and community representatives describing a multitude of exciting programs being planned for 2006.

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

 


Lewis and Clark Statues in Paducah, KY

Museum of the American Quilter’s Society Unveils Lewis and Clark Sculptures


The Museum of the American Quilter’s Society in Paducah has a new outdoor art display celebrating the Lewis and Clark Expedition titled, On The Trail of Discovery. Created by sculptor, George Lundeen, the display features five statues depicting Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, Seaman, and a Native American man and child designed to represent all Native Americans who aided the Corps of Discovery. The statues were donated by Bill and Meredith Schroeder, founders of the museum. These statues provide exciting outdoor art for downtown Paducah and will be a lasting tribute to Kentucky’s Lewis and Clark legacy.

The Museum of the American Quilter’s Society will also feature an exhibit on Lewis and Clark quilts from August 12 to November 15, 2006. More information about the Museum of the American Quilter’s Society can be found at www.quiltmuseu m.org.

 


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


“A fair Cold morning . . . at 12 oClock Capt Lewis and party Came up from the Skillutes Village with 9 horses packed and one which bratten who was yet too weak to walk, rode, and Soon after the two Small Canoes also loaded with the residue of the baggage which Could not be taken on horses.”

- William Clark, April 21, 1806
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In just these few lines, William Clark mentioned many of the important events occurring on the expedition in April 1806. Being able to describe the weather as “fair” was a welcomed improvement from the almost constant rain the Corps had endured during their winter at Fort Clatsop on the Pacific coast. As the explorers traveled up the Columbia, they encountered many native peoples with whom relations were sometimes strained. They also began a transition back to horses which would again become their mode of transportation until they were over the Bitterroots and back to the Missouri River system. Of great concern was the health of Kentucky recruit William Bratton. An unidentified back problem rendered Bratton an invalid. The party feared for their comrade’s recovery and even life.

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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.