Photo essay retraces Lewis and Clark trip

Photo essay retraces Lewis and Clark trip Don Skillman, originally from Virginia, and a senior at the School of Fine Arts at USD, was chosen to participate in NCUR (National Council of Undergraduate Research) Lancy interdisciplinary undergraduate research project. The project, now showing in the North Gallery of the W. H. Over Museum is titled �Retracing the Lewis and Clark Expedition: Contemporary Aspects of Culture and Environment Along the Missouri River.� It is an aerial photographic essay of the Missouri River basin in southeastern SD including a unique photograph of nearby Spirit Mound.

The focus of the project was to record photographically the changes since the days of Lewis & Clark. The contemporary effects of man on the environment along the Missouri River, for example, the presence of cattle farms, homes, jet skis and flood control features are just a few of the changes noticed along the river.

Since Skillman had no experience living along a river, he interviewed residents familiar with the river, such as fishermen, historians, and Native Americans. Don�s photographic essay will be on exhibit through September.

The Museum is open daily, M-F 9-5, Saturday 10-4:30, Sunday 1-4:30 and located at 1110 Ratingen St. Vermillion, (605) 677-5228.

This is one phase in the development of a Lewis & Clark Narrative at the W. H. Over Museum. Other items on exhibit are tools and trade goods that are of the kind used at the beginning of the 1800s. Everyone is welcome.

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