Lewis & Clark Days Aug. 23-24 in Vermillion Lewis & Clark Days in Vermillion this weekend will bring lots of fun to young and old. Starting 7 p.m. Friday evening, there will be a sleep-over at the W.H. Over Museum. A small fee will be charged to cover the cost of the activity kits and the breakfast. The activity is planned for children in grades three through five. Parents are welcome to stay as well.
On Saturday morning, participants will again retrace the footsteps of Lewis and Clark as they left their keel boat and hiked to Spirit Mound, "a cloudy morning Cap. Lewis & Myself concluded to go and See the Mound which was viewed with such turror.by all the different Nations in this quarter ?" This phrase is from the journals of William Clark as he began his description of his trip to Spirit Mound 199 years ago along with Lewis and other members of the Corps of Discovery.
This Saturday, the Friends of the W.H. Over Museum is sponsoring its annual hike to Spirit Mound as part of the Lewis and Clark/Spirit Mound Festival. A group of modern-day explorers will leave Cotton Park at 8 a.m. and walk the eight miles to the Mound, following closely the actual route taken by Lewis and Clark. The original expedition was motivated to see Spirit Mound because of reports they had received that the area was inhabited by 18-inch tall spirits who could cause great harm to those who saw them.
Along the way and at the mound, they observed and recorded the wondrous beauty of the prairie. The W.H. Over hike will do the same, reading from the journals as the walk proceeds, and taking in the spectacular view from atop Spirit Mound.
The hike is open to anyone able to walk the distance, and includes a breakfast at Cotton Park, drinks, snacks, and lunch along the way, a commemorative t-shirt, a field guide, and a portable restroom. A small fee will be charged to cover costs.
Van trips to Spirit Mound have been scheduled for 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Anyone interested in either the sleepover for children, the hike, or the van trips should contact the Over Museum at 677-5228.
At the museum building will be craftspersons displaying their wares, some will be teaching interested visitors how to make dream catchers or beaded bracelets and the like. At 3 p.m. there will be talks in Sletwold Hall concerning the grasses of the mound by Karen Olmstead the progress at the buffalo kill site on the west side of Vermillion by Larry Bradley, and the ongoing testing of the quality of our river waters involving our high school aged children by Marie Steckelberg.
At 5 p.m. local entrepreneurs will be offering supper, including buffalo burgers. The craftspersons' displays will end at 8 p.m. Saturday. From 7 p.m. to dark, the McNeills of Gayville will provide entertainment with music on the lawn.
The craft activities will resume at noon Sunday, Aug. 24, with Indian tacos by Naomi Garcia. At 2 p.m. the final van trip to Spirit Mound will depart from the museum parking lot. At 5 p.m., a traditional soup supper will be offered for all the participants.
The museum will be open throughout the event for people's convenience.