State hosts debut of Lewis & Clark stamps

State hosts debut of Lewis & Clark stamps South Dakota's capital city was one of 11 sites along the Lewis and Clark Trail chosen to host a First Day of Issuance Ceremony May 14 as the U.S. Postal Service unveiled three new Lewis and Clark Bicentennial commemorative post-age stamps.

The South Dakota Office of Tourism assisted postal officials with the event. The Pierre ceremony featured remarks by Jay Vogt of the South Dakota State Historical Society, Pierre Mayor Dennis Eisnach and Fort Pierre Mayor Sam Tidball.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to assist in this event commemorating Lewis and Clark's legendary journey," said Patricia Van Gerpen, director of the South Dakota Office of Tourism. "Two hundred years ago while in present-day South Dakota, the Corps of Discovery held the first election by U.S. citizens west of the Mississippi, held their first councils with the Yankton and Teton Sioux, and made wondrous animal discoveries."

Lewis and Clark spent the late-summer and early fall of 1804 exploring present-day South Dakota. Their return trip, in 1806, led them back through the area.

A commemorative First Day of Issue program and special postmark, along with other collectible items, were available at the ceremony. One stamp portrays the two explorers together surveying land along the Missouri River. The two others feature portraits of the expedition's captains.

Visit to view the Lewis and Clark commemorative stamps.

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