Medicines topic of Lewis and Clark class The final class this spring on the events and times of Lewis and Clark will be held Saturday, March 31, 9:30 a.m. at the W. H. Over Museum.
Beverly Hinds, president of the Sergeant Floyd Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Heritage Foundation, will tell the participants about the medicines that the Lewis and Clark Expedition took with them on their epic journey.
The medicines are particularly interesting to our area because of the recorded fact that Lewis sampled one of the minerals he saw in a hillside in this general area. He became very ill and was still suffering from the effects of it even when he was taking the trip up Spirit Mound. It seems like a strange thing for him to do. But tasting was one of the standard means of identifying substances even as recently as 100 years ago.
Last Saturday Mary Green Vickrey entertained the class by singing and playing songs that they may have sung during the long evenings up river.
These classes have touched upon a wide variety of subjects relating to the Lewis and Clark expedition as it passed our area, including especially Spirit Mound as a fact of the geography of this area and the legend about the little people who lived there. All these classes are in preparation for the grand bicentennial celebration in 2004.
The third annual celebration of Lewis and Clark's voyage will take place on Aug. 24 and 25 with a buffalo feast, music, native crafts, dance, games, and lectures. On Aug. 25, some will make a walking trip to Spirit Mound and others will canoe down the Missouri, noting the general areas that were observed by the Corps in their trip up the Missouri River.
Anyone who is interested in getting involved in the planning stage for this year's event as well as for the bicentennial is invited to call the W. H. Over Museum, (605) 677-5228.