Celebrations will honor Lewis & Clark, Spirit Mound

Celebrations will honor Lewis & Clark, Spirit Mound by David Lias Two important celebrations noting the importance of Lewis & Clark's visit to the Vermillion area 200 years ago are scheduled later this month.

The Spirit Mound Bicentennial Commemoration will be held Wednesday, Aug. 25.

Local artist Paul Peterson will be painting a picture of Spirit Mound throughout the day. Peterson also drew the image of the Spirit Mound postmark and will be available to sign cancelled envelopes if collectors wish.

Information booths will be occupied by the Spirit Mound Trust, W.H. Over Museum, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Lewis and Clark artifacts and the Lewis and Clark Natural Interpretative Center of Sioux City, IA. Lewis and Clark stamps, passports and prints will be for sale throughout the day.

Activities include an early morning bird hike at 7:30 a.m., and a reenactment of Lewis and Clark hiking to the summit at noon.

Afternoon programs include:

* 1 p.m. Birds of the Mound. Food of Lewis and Clark. Prairie restoration.

* 2 p.m. Food of Lewis and Clark, "Where Two Worlds Meet," Native American stories, Mammals of the Mound.

* 2 to 5 p.m. Craft Corner for kids.

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* 3 p.m. Literary responses to Spirit Mound, Food of Lewis and Clark, Guided prairie hike, Geology of the Mound.

* 4 p.m. Prairie restoration, History of Spirit Mound after Lewis and Clark, Clothing and equipment of Lewis and Clark.

* 5 p.m. Birds of the mound, Geology of the mound, Native American stories, Guided prairie hike.

* 6 p.m. Mammals of the mound, Mapping by the expedition, Prairie restoration.

* 7 p.m. Evening with the Swallows hike.

Celebration continues

The bicentennial celebration of Lewis and Clark's visit to the Vermillion area and Spirit Mound continues at the W.H. Over Museum Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 28-29.

At 8 a.m. Saturday, a hike is planned that will retrace the explorers' footsteps, from where the mouth of the Vermillion River is believed to have been 200 years ago to the top of Spirit Mound.

Participants will have the opportunity to cross the river north of the museum building by canoe, eating lunch at a farm along the way, and then finally hiking the last of the trip to the mound.

Spirit Mound has been completely refurbished with prairie grasses and wild flowers that were in the area 200 years ago.

Walkers will be provided a ride back to Vermillion. Those who don't wish to hike to the mound may travel there by van from the museum at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday.

At noon on Saturday and Sunday, crafters will have set up their tables to offer visitors a wide variety of old and contemporary crafts and arts.

At 1 p.m. each day, a pow wow will begin with a grand march. At 5 p.m., a buffalo feed will begin with choices of food, and at 7 p.m. Saturday, the dancing will begin again and continue until dusk.

People are invited to gather at the hill behind the museum Sunday at 8 a.m. to greet the new day with prayer and flute music. At 5 p.m. Sunday, a soup supper will be served.

Call the W.H. Over Museum, 677-5228, for additional information and to sign up for the walk to Spirit Mound.

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