Lewis and Clark Chapter will hear 'River Rat' Oct. 6 Jim Peterson of Vermillion will present a slide-lecture entittled "A Glimpse of the 'Wild' Missouri" at the Sioux City Public Library for the fall meeting of the regional Lewis and Clark chapter Sunday, Oct. 6. Guests are welcome for the 2 p.m. program, which will focus on the Missouri River between Yankton and Ponca.
Peterson, a retired professor at The University of South Dakota School of Business, is a native of Ponca and a well known "river rat." He has lived near, boated on, flown over, fallen in and otherwise soaked up a lifetime of information on the Missouri River.
Below the six main-stem dams the 59-mile stretch of the river from Yankton to Ponca is the longest part of the Missouri that is relatively untouched by dams or channelization. Most documentary films on the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-06 contain footage on this section, and Peterson is called often by producers and photographers who need his help in exploring the river for their work.
The Sergeant Floyd Tri-State chapter is a unit of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, an organization for which Peterson served as national president four years ago. The foundation is largely responsible for the wide attention that has been drawn to Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and their "Corps of Discovery." Additional information on this program may be obtained from Bev Hinds, the chapter president, at 712-252-2364, or from Kent Scribner, secretary, at 605-677-6705.