Lewis & Clark festival planned at W.H. Over Museum

Lewis & Clark festival planned at W.H. Over Museum As part of the yearly observance of the anniversary commemorating the visit of Lewis and Clark to Spirit Mound, the Friends of the W.H. Over Museum are in the process of finishing the plans for their yearly Lewis and Clark Festival.

As a special preview to this annual event, the Friends are pleased to announce that historian Loren Taylor and Francis (Pete) Cuppage, MD, both from Kansas City, will present a program which will highlight their personal interest in the Corps of Discovery. This program, along with a potluck dinner, will be held beginning at 6 p.m. on Aug. 9 at the W.H. Over Museum.

Cuppage is a pathologist whose primary interest is renal pathology and teaching. He has performed sabbaticals in England and in the South Pacific. As an outcome of his extensive research interests and activities, he has published a book, James Cook and the Conquest of Scurvy.

Cuppage is retired from his chairman's position in 1995 and currently enjoys the title of professor emeritus. Cuppage has become a noted authority in the medical history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He also lectures on the medical aspects which surrounded all of the major trails which led to the settlement of the American West.

Cuppage lectures in authentic period costume and recently made his presentation for a Lewis and Clark Training School which was sponsored by the Corps of Engineers at the Fr. Leavenworth Museum in Kansas.

Taylor is a brother of Ben Taylor of Vermillion and the two brothers enjoy a shared, lifelong interest in the adventures of Lewis and Clark and in the preservation of Spirit Mound. Taylor, a retired instructor at the Kansas City Community College and a retired colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, has done extensive historical research.

He has researched Wyandotte County and has published A History of Law Enforcement in Kansas City, Kansas, The Ethnic History of Wyandotte County (Volumes I and II), and The St. John's Club Commemorative History. Most recently he has completed the book A Meeting with Shannon: Lewis and Clark Remembered.

While engaged in writing this book, Taylor called upon his memories of being a young private in the military and recounted the experiences of young Shannon through sympathetic eyes.

In addition to Cuppage and Taylor, 14 Lewis and Clark enthusiasts from Kansas City and that area will accompany them. Among those individuals will be Shari Wilson, chairperson of Kansas City's Lewis and Clark task force � this includes the area which encompasses the historic Kaw Point which is being restored for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial.

Patricia Gaunce, current Chamber of Commerce president, will also be with the group, as well as a representative from the Corps of Engineers. They will be spending their time in Vermillion visiting local points of interest and will be especially interested in visiting Spirit Mound and seeing first hand the wonderful restoration which has taken pace this year.

The two gentlemen will be happy to participate in discussion and question and answer periods. All in all, a festive evening with something to please everyone is planned. Please consider this your personal invitation to come and share an evening with us at our beautiful W.H. Over Museum.

The museum will also be happy to provide tour guides if you would like to visit the exhibits. We would especially like you to visit our Lewis and Clark Learning Center. The potluck meal will begin at 6 p.m. and other activities at approximately 7:15 p.m.

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