Lewis and Clark program scheduled Sunday The regional Lewis and Clark chapter will hear Tom Gasque's program titled, "Naming the Land: Lewis and Clark's 1804 Place Names," at its spring meeting Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m. at the W.H. Over Museum in Vermillion. Visitors and new members are welcome.
Gasque is a professor of English at The University of South Dakota and a recognized scholar on the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-1806. His research on place names was also his topic for a presentation last summer at the national Lewis and Clark Trail Foundation's annual meeting in Pierre.
The Sergeant Floyd Tri-State Chapter was organized in 2001 by Lewis and Clark scholars and enthusiasts in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. The group meets quarterly at locations along the Missouri River route used by the explorer. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and their "Corps of Discovery" visited this region in August and September of 1804 on their way upriver and again in August of 1806 on their return to St. Louis, MO.
The Floyd chapter and 30 similar units across the United States stimulate public knowledge of the historical, scientific, and cultural significance of the famous expedition. Interest in the subject is increasing as states and individual communities along the route prepare for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial from 2003 to 2006.
Additional information may be obtained from the secretary of the Floyd chapter, Kent Scribner, at 605-677-6705.