celebrates the 200th anniversary of the Lewis
and Clark Expedition
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MIDDLETOWN -- Russell
Hively of Neosho, Mo., will be in Middletown to portray Capt.
William Clark, co-leader of the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition,
during the annual Knapp-Chestnut-Becker Historical Society ice cream
social on Sunday (July 18).
Russell Hively as Capt. William Clark of the Lewis and Clark
The social will be at the park pavilion
from 2 to 4 p.m., with the historical portrayal at 2 p.m. and
entertainment by the Peoria Barbershoppers at 3 p.m.
Donations are $3 for ice cream, cake or
pie, and tea or coffee; and 50 cents for pop.
Hively, a retired English teacher, has
spent several years studying the life of Capt. Clark and the famous
journals kept on the expedition. He has portrayed Capt. Clark in at
least 100 performances in five states.
Appearing in costume, Hively reads
short excerpts from the journals and then speaks out as a student of
the subject. His presentations always conclude with a
question-and-answer session with his audience.
Hively's presentation, "Capt. William
Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Returns to Report," is
sponsored by the Road Scholars program of the Illinois Humanities
At the conclusion of the historic
1804-1806 expedition, 1,000 people lined the riverbanks, firing
salute after salute. As the canoes came ashore on Sept. 23, 1806,
near St. Louis, there were three huge cheers and a hearty welcome
for the brave survivors.
Meriwether Lewis (1774-1809), private
secretary to President Thomas Jefferson, had received his commission
in 1803 with William Clark to explore the uncharted Northwest. Lewis
left Washington, D.C., on July 5, 1803, and his mission would not be
over until he reported to the president. So, jumping from his canoe,
he inquired as to the next post and was able to delay the mail for a
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He reported that,
alas, there was no all-water route linking the Atlantic and the
Pacific. However, he announced the explorers' safe arrival with "our
papers and baggage" -- a reference to the new-to-science plants and
animal descriptions -- which were great scientific discoveries
Jefferson had anticipated.
Stephen E. Ambrose,
author of "Lewis & Clark, Voyage of Discovery," quotes Lewis: "With
respect to the exertions and services rendered by the esteemable man
Capt. William Clark in the course of our late voyage, I cannot say
too much. If, sir, any credit be due for the success of the arduous
enterprise in which we had been mutually engaged, he is equally with
myself entitled to your consideration and that of our common
The book by Ambrose,
published by the National Geographic Society in 1998, includes
photography and maps.
Calling all coin collectors
At 4:30 p.m. a raffle
will be conducted for two silver dollar Lewis and Clark
commemorative coins obtained from the U.S. Mint in Washington, D.C.
Donations for the
coin raffle are one ticket for $2 or three for $5. Winners need not
Funds from the ice cream social are used
to maintain and upgrade the Knapp Library and Museum, 101 S. Clinton