Institute will focus on Lewis and Clark Expedition

Institute will focus on Lewis and Clark Expedition The University of South Dakota, in conjunction with the South Dakota Humanities Council, will provide instruction for teachers on the impact and history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in South Dakota.

The institute is titled "Teachers' Institute 2001: Interpreting Lewis and Clark in the Classroom." Enrollment is now open and limited to 25 participants on a first-come basis. The institute will be held on The University of South Dakota campus June 25-29, 2001.

"We are seeking to provide South Dakota middle and high school history teachers and students with new perspectives and resources about the impact of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in South Dakota," said Steven Bucklin, professor of history at USD. "We have scholars and experts participating that bring not only new interpretations of Native American experiences, but also the experiences of the explorers themselves."

This is one of several institutes of this type to be offered at USD in 2001. The institute will give participants three graduate or undergraduate credit hours, free room and board and instruction from several scholars across the disciplines. The institute will also include several field trips. The only expense for students will be tuition, but enrollment has been limited to 25 students.

"The key benefit of the institute is that participants will be introduced to some of the primary resources unique to The University of South Dakota," said Bucklin. "Among those resources are the Chilson Collection, the Oral History Collection and the Institute of American Indian Studies. It's our hope that the teachers who attend this institute will return to their classrooms with new resources to energize their students' interest in history."

USD and the Humanities Council urge those interested to apply. For more information, contact Dr. Steven Bucklin at (605)677-5218 or bucklin

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