Vermillion Chamber receives Lewis & Clark exhibition portfolios

Vermillion Chamber receives Lewis & Clark exhibition portfolios Sen. Tom Daschle announced that in commemoration of the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Exhibition, the Vermillion Chamber of Commerce will receive a portfolio of replicas from the Library of Congress exhibit "Rivers, Edens, and Empires: Lewis and Clark and the Revealing of America," which ran from July to November 2003.

Focusing on historical maps and documents relating to Lewis and Clark's exploration of the Louisiana Purchase, the Library of Congress exhibit and the replica portfolios together celebrate the history of geographic exploration and the legacy of Lewis and Clark's momentous expedition.

"The Library of Congress has amassed an impressive array of documents relating to the unbelievable journey of Lewis and Clark. Their travels and discoveries changed the way America viewed itself, and today, across South Dakota, we still feel the optimism and pride they inspired," Daschle said. "I'm pleased that visitors to our state will be able to learn from these exhibits the important role that South Dakota and the Missouri River played in this great story."

After giving Daschle a tour of the Library of Congress exhibit in October 2003, the library's curatorial staff presented him with a portfolio of scaled-down exhibit materials. Daschle thought that communities along the Missouri River might like to have the same opportunity to study this piece of South Dakota's history, and requested 20 portfolios from his tour guide, a specialist in cartographic history in the Geography and Map Division at the library.

Daschle has since distributed the replicas across the state, where they will be used during bicentennial activities throughout the summer.

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