‘Finding Lewis and Clark’ topic of history conference

'Finding Lewis and Clark' topic of history conference Two hundred years ago, President Thomas Jefferson sent Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore the Louisiana Purchase, new land bought from France.

A unique opportunity to explore this great American story is coming in a conference in South Dakota next spring. "Finding Lewis and Clark: Old Trails, New Directions," will be keynoted by Jim Ronda, author of Lewis and Clark Among the Indians. Ronda notes that the saga of Lewis and Clark is "a many-voiced account that invites us, our readers, and our students to move beyond self-absorption to attempt conversation with others."

And what a rich conversation it is, spanning two centuries and encompassing peoples ranging from the Atlantic through the country's Missouri River heartland to the Pacific coast. Ronda will lead a many-voiced cast of Lewis and Clark experts in exploring the expedition through archaeology, anthropology, creative writing, fine arts, motion pictures, and natural and public history.

Everyone from buffs to scholars will find something of interest at the two-day conference. "Finding Lewis and Clark" will be held on April 11-12, 2003, in Pierre, near the site where the explorers first encountered the Lakota Indians. Teachers who attend may register to receive certificate renewal credit.

The conference is sponsored jointly by the South Dakota State Historical Society and the South Dakota Humanities Council.

In conjunction with the conference, the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will feature a special exhibit by photographer Greg Mac Gregor titled "Lewis and Clark Revisited: A Trail in Modern Day Photographs."

will tour the United States through 2006. Pierre is the only South Dakota stop on the tour schedule.

For more information or to be added to the list to receive registration material, contact the South Dakota State Historical Society, an office of the South Dakota Department of Education and Cultural Affairs. Write to the society at 900 Governors Drive, telephone 605-773-3458, e-mail sdshs@state.sd.us, or visit the Web site at www.sdhistory.org.

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