Regional Lewis & Clark chapter will hear national historian Members and guests of the Sgt. Floyd Tri-State Chapter of the Lewis and Clark national foundation will hear Dr. James P. Ronda at the Southern Hills Mall in Sioux City on Saturday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m.
Ronda, a widely recognized author and historian, was the keynote speaker in January at the national kickoff activities of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial, which were held at Thomas Jefferson's home in Virginia. He will be in Sioux City to participate earlier Saturday in the shopping center's unveiling of 38 original murals portraying the famed Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1803-1806.
Ronda's address and a brief chapter meeting following will be held in one of the mall's vacant retail spaces in the Sears wing.
Sgt. Floyd Tri-State Chapter members include Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota scholars and history enthusiasts who enjoy the Lewis and Clark story. New members are always welcome.
The Sgt. Floyd Monument makes Sioux City a regional focal point for the Bicentennial, and the Southern Hills Mall has committed to its murals project and two days of Lewis and Clark related activities Saturday and Sunday as a response to a growing national interest in the exploration. Sgt. Charles Floyd's death from an apparent appendicitis on Aug. 20, 1803, south of what is now Sioux City marked the only loss of life among Corps of Discovery members, who were captained by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.
Additional information on the Ronda program may be obtained from Kent Scribner of Vermillion, the chapter president, at 605-624-7675.