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La Charrette Village

Interested in what Lewis & Clark, Daniel Boone, Zebulon Pike, John Colter, President Jefferson and other notables thought about America's newly acquired westernmost village? Enjoy the west...before it became distorted by TV, movies and novels.

Location: Port Aransas, Texas, United States

A retired professor of Food and Animal Science at Texas A&M University, The University of Connecticut and Texas Tech. A cowboy in my previous life...never thought about being a professor or an author.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Legacy of the Expedition

Plan on participating in these events as Lewis and Clark reenactors will soon "Shout for joy" as they 'pass-by' the original La Charrette Village site upon their return. A promotional item sent me follows below with my comments added in bold brackets. Enjoy the events.

On Saturday, March 25th and Sunday, March 26th, 2006 the Washington Lewis and Clark Committee of Washington, MO will present their final Symposium: Legacy of the Expedition. This two-day program in the beautiful C.J. Burger Theatre will explore the impact of the Lewis and Clark expedition on our history since its return in 1806. The symposium will re-introduce the Osage Indians, one of the largest tribes residing in Missouri in 1806, and examine the effects of Bicentennial on our knowledge of the original expedition, American Indians, the Missouri River and its environs.

Speakers will include Kathryn Red Corn, Director of the Osage Tribal Museum in Pawhuska, Oklahoma; Missouri State Historian James M. Denny, author of Atlas of Lewis and Clark in Missouri; Charles Red Corn, author of A Pipe for February; Dr. Carol Diaz-Granados: American Indian Pictographs in the Missouri River Valley, James Duncan, an archaeologist specializing in reconstructive archeology and former Director of the Missouri State Museum, and Bob Block, Talkingstick from Pawhuska, Oklahoma on artifacts of the Osage and Mike Venso, photographer: Across the Snowy Ranges. A Saturday luncheon is included which will showcase the Osage textile collection of Danette Daniels, which will be modeled during lunch. Authors will be available for book signings.

Two hundred years ago, the Corps of Discovery led by Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark had been given up as lost or dead. But with their return to St. Louis [La Charrette Village on September 20, 1806, nor did they depart from St. Louis -sic] in September 1806 came a massive amount of information about the vast new Louisiana Territory and its inhabitants, the American Indians. Participants will explore how this knowledge affected history and how the Bicentennial itself has changed our views of the expedition.

Tickets are $50.00 if purchased in advance and include attendance at both days of the event, the Saturday luncheon & clothing show, and a tour of Fort Charrette in Washington, Missouri. [Please do not confuse this recreated version of La Charrette Village once on the north bank of the Missouri at the mouth of Charrette Creek with this modern day namesake on the south side of the Missouri River]. Tickets will be $60 if purchased that day and may not include a tour of Fort Charrette. Tickets may be purchased online at www.washingtonmo.us at the Missourian Publishing Office at 14 West Main, or Gary Lucy Galleries at 231 West Main, both in Washington, Missouri. For more information e-mail lewisclark@washingtonmo.us or to purchase tickets by credit card (Discover, Visa, Mastercard) call 636-390-8257.


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