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Lewis and Clark bicentennial journey kicks off with 'The Departure' May 13-16 in Hartford     Send a link to a friend

[MAY 7, 2004]  HARTFORD -- "I am now on an expedition to the westward, with Capt. Lewis and Capt. Clark, who are appointed by the president of the United States to go on an expedition through the interior parts of North America."

Two hundred years after Sgt. John Ordway wrote these words, the nation is poised to mark the anniversary of the day that the Lewis and Clark Expedition departed from the east bank of the Mississippi River on their 28-month, 8,000-mile journey of discovery that has had no equal before or since.

The nation will join the Illinois Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission in observing this anniversary during "The Departure," scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, May 13-16, in and around Hartford. This is the first bicentennial "Signature Event" designated for its national significance.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate the Lewis and Clark bicentennial at the spot where the journey began," said Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The observance begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 13, at Gateway International Raceway in Madison with "Eve of Discovery," a night of parades, music and fireworks that will kick off the four-day event.

Events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 14, 15 and 16, center around the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site in Hartford. Opening ceremonies take place at 10 a.m. Friday, May 14. The departure ceremony, in which re-enactors will shove off from the Illinois shore and head up the Missouri River, will begin at 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 14.

Numerous living history re-enactments, performances, period musical performances, displays and other special activities will be available all weekend, most of which are free and open to the public.

Lewis and Clark State Historic Site, administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is located along Illinois Route 3 about two miles north of Interstate 270. The site features a brand-new museum with a full-size replica of the expedition's keelboat inside, as well as a complete reconstruction of the camp where Lewis and Clark spent the five months before departing on their journey. The site is open Wednesday through Sunday for free public tours.

Scheduled events for Illinois Lewis and Clark bicentennial

(For a more detailed schedule of events, visit www.lewisandclarkillinois.org.)

Thursday, May 13

6 p.m. -- "Eve of Discovery" program, Gateway International Raceway, Madison.

Friday, May 14

All events are at Lewis and Clark State Historic Site except where noted.

8 a.m. -- Breakfast with President Thomas Jefferson portrayed by Bill Barker; tickets $16 in advance or $19 at door; call (618) 465-6676

10 a.m. -- Opening ceremonies, unveiling of bicentennial stamp, Liberty Stage

10:45 a.m. -- "History of the Fiddle" by Michael Rennels Thompson, Heritage Stage

11 a.m. -- Traditional flute with Mark Holland, Stage of the Americas

11:30 a.m. -- Reception for uniformed re-enactors, Chautauqua Tent

Noon -- Colonial Fife & Drum Corps, Pageant Square

Noon -- Traveler's Dream band, Liberty Stage

Noon -- Sacagawea portrayed by Selene Phillips, Heritage Stage

12:15 p.m. -- "Native American Perspective" by Dr. Robert Miller, Stage of the Americas

12:30 p.m. -- Lewis and Clark panel discussion, Chautauqua Tent

1:15 p.m. -- William Clark portrayed by Ritchie Doyle, Liberty Stage

1:15 p.m. -- "President Jefferson: Expand the Great USA," Heritage Stage

1:30 p.m. -- "Pierre Cruzatte: A Musical Journey Along the Lewis and Clark Trail," Stage of the Americas

2:30 p.m. -- Colonial Fife & Drum Corps, Pageant Square

2:30 p.m. -- Traveler's Dream band, Liberty Stage

2:30 p.m. -- "Capt. Meriwether Lewis Plans the Expedition from Illinois," Heritage Stage

2:45 p.m. -- Traditional flute with Mark Holland, Stage of the Americas

3:30 p.m. -- Departure ceremony from the end of Piasa Lane in Hartford; features the launch of a replica keelboat

3:45 p.m. -- William Clark portrayed by Ritchie Doyle, Liberty Stage

3:45 p.m. -- "History of the Fiddle" by Michael Rennels Thompson, Heritage Stage

5 p.m. -- Colonial Fife & Drum Corps, Pageant Square

5 p.m. -- Traveler's Dream band, Liberty Stage

5 p.m. -- "President's Vision: Captain's Challenge with President Jefferson and Captain Meriwether Lewis," Chautauqua Tent.

5 p.m. -- Sacagawea portrayed by Selene Phillips, Heritage Stage

5:15 p.m. -- "Pierre Cruzatte: A Musical Journey Along the Lewis and Clark Trail," Stage of the Americas

6 p.m. -- Retiring of the colors, Liberty Stage

Saturday, May 15

All events are at Lewis and Clark State Historic Site.

8 a.m. -- Breakfast with Drouillard portrayed by Geoffrey Bahr; tickets $16 in advance or $19 at door; call (618) 465-6676

9:30 a.m. -- Posting of the colors, Liberty Stage

9:45 a.m. -- William Clark portrayed by Ritchie Doyle

9:45 a.m. -- Authentic Lewis and Clark collection with Roger Wendlick, Chautauqua Tent

10:30 a.m. -- Native American panel on the Shawnee tribe, Liberty Stage

10:45 a.m. -- "History of the Fiddle" by Michael Rennels Thompson, Heritage Stage

11 a.m. -- Old Guard Drill Team, Pageant Square

11 a.m. "Capt. Meriwether Lewis Plans the Expedition from Illinois," Chautauqua Tent

11 a.m. -- "Pierre Cruzatte: A Musical Journey Along the Lewis and Clark Trail," Stage of the Americas

Noon -- Colonial Fife & Drum Corps, Pageant Square

Noon -- Sacagawea portrayed by Selene Phillips, Heritage Stage

12:15 p.m. -- Authentic Lewis and Clark collection with Roger Wendlick, Chautauqua Tent

12:15 p.m. -- Creole fiddler Dennis Stroughmatt, Stage of the Americas

12:30 p.m. -- Our American Cousins band, Liberty Stage

1:15 p.m. -- William Clark portrayed by Ritchie Doyle, Heritage Stage

1:30 p.m. -- "York: The Tenth Man from Kentucky" portrayed by Hasan Davis, Chautauqua Tent

1:30 p.m. -- National Lewis and Clark Fiddlers Competition featuring Pierre Cruzatte, Stage of the Americas

2 p.m. -- Dance Discovery, Liberty Stage

2:30 p.m. -- Colonial Fife & Drum Corps, Pageant Square

2:30 p.m. -- "History of the Fiddle" with Michael Rennels Thompson

2:45 p.m. -- "President's Vision: Captain's Challenge, with President Jefferson and Capt. Meriwether Lewis," Chautauqua Tent

3:15 p.m. -- Our American Cousins band, Liberty Stage

3:45 p.m. -- Sacagawea portrayed by Selene Phillips, Heritage Stage

4 p.m. -- "York: The Tenth Man from Kentucky" portrayed by Hasan Davis, Chautauqua Tent

4:15 p.m. -- Creole fiddler Dennis Stroughmatt, Stage of the Americas

4:45 p.m. -- Dance Discovery, Liberty Stage

5 p.m. -- Colonial Fife & Drum Corps, Pageant Square

5 p.m. -- William Clark portrayed by Ritchie Doyle, Heritage Stage

5:15 p.m. -- "President Jefferson Expands the Great USA," Chautauqua Tent

5:15 p.m. -- "Pierre Cruzatte: A Musical Journey Along the Lewis and Clark Trail," Stage of the Americas.

6 p.m. -- Retiring of the colors, Liberty Stage

 

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Sunday, May 16

All events are at Lewis and Clark State Historic Site.

7 a.m. -- Sunrise service, Liberty Stage

8 a.m. -- "Breakfast with York: The Tenth Man from Kentucky" portrayed by Hasan Davis; tickets $16 in advance or $19 at door; call (618) 465-6676

8:30 a.m. -- Lewis and Clark Bicycle Ride hosted by Trailnet Bicycle Fun Club; starts in Hartford and ends at Lewis and Clark State Historic Site

10 a.m. -- "President Jefferson Expands the Great USA," Chautauqua Tent

10 a.m. -- "History of the Fiddle" by Michael Rennels Thompson, Heritage Stage

10 a.m. -- William Clark portrayed by Ritchie Doyle, Stage of the Americas

10:30 a.m. -- Old Guard Drill Team, Pageant Square

11 a.m. -- Amtrak announcement regarding Lewis and Clark discussions aboard select trains bound for St. Louis, Liberty Stage

11:15 a.m. -- "York: The Tenth Man from Kentucky" portrayed by Hasan Davis, Chautauqua Tent

11:15 a.m. -- Creole fiddler Dennis Stroughmatt, Stage of the Americas

11:15 a.m. -- Sacagawea portrayed by Selene Phillips, Heritage Stage

11:45 a.m. -- Great Lakes Naval Band, Liberty Stage

Noon -- Native American panel featuring leaders from the Mandan-Hidatsa, Umatilla, Nez Perce and Shoshone who will present a Native American perspective on the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Pageant Square

12:30 p.m. -- "President's Vision: Captain's Challenge with President Jefferson and Capt. Meriwether Lewis," Chautauqua Tent.

12:30 p.m. -- "History of the Fiddle" by Michaels Rennels Thompson, Heritage Stage

12:30 p.m. -- "Pierre Cruzatte: A Musical Journey Along the Lewis and Clark Trail," Stage of the Americas

1 p.m. -- Time capsule ceremony, Liberty Stage

1 p.m. -- Colonial Fife & Drum Corps, Pageant Square

1:45 p.m. -- "York: The Tenth Man from Kentucky" portrayed by Hasan Davis, Chautauqua Tent

1:45 p.m. -- Creole fiddler Dennis Stroughmatt, Stage of the Americas

1:45 p.m. -- Equinox Chamber Orchestra with the Illinois premiere of "Sacagawea: Three Life Episodes" by David Cleary, Heritage Stage

2 p.m. -- Illinois National Guard Band, Liberty Stage

2:30 p.m. -- Colonial Fife & Drum Corps, Pageant Square

3 p.m. -- Sacagawea portrayed by Selene Phillips, Heritage Stage

3 p.m. -- "Captain Meriwether Lewis Plans the Expedition from Illinois," Chautauqua Tent

3 p.m. -- "Pierre Cruzatte: A Musical Journey Along the Lewis and Clark Trail," Stage of the Americas

3 p.m. -- Closing ceremonies, Liberty Stage

3:30 p.m. -- Woodcarving awards, Pageant Square

4 p.m. -- Retiring of the colors, Liberty Stage

Ongoing events Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 14, 15 and 16

At Lewis and Clark State Historic Site

19th-century medicine show -- An authentic 1800s medicine show features fast-talking sales pitches, a dime museum full of strange and natural wonders, and the Cabinet of Haunted Curiosities.

Amateur radio broadcast -- The Lewis and Clark Amateur Radio Club will broadcast live using the call letters K9L to spread the word about the Lewis and Clark Expedition around the world.

Bison photos -- Festival attendees can have a photo taken next to a full-size, mounted buffalo.

Capt. Lewis and company -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be in period costume inside Camp River Dubois demonstrating equipment, medicine and tools of the period.

Children's village -- This area for kids features the Lewis and Clark Coloring Adventure and Helen Markwell's Lewis and Clark Children's Show.

Commercial vendors -- Souvenirs will be sold, including books, posters, CDs, wood carvings and more.

Corps II -- The National Park Service traveling exhibition about Lewis and Clark includes the Tent of Many Voices, which will follow the Lewis and Clark Trail through 2006.

Fur, fangs, fins and feathers -- The Illinois Department of Natural Resources exhibit includes live animals, Smokey Bear, virtual fishing, a giant aquarium and more.

History of trade goods, tools and equipment of the times -- Professor Fred Fausz lectures on trade goods in the early 1800s.

Illinois tomahawk throwing exhibition -- The Illinois Tomahawk Throwing Association challenges everyone to throw a tomahawk.

Keelboat -- Butch Bouvier will present his full-size authentic keelboat that visitors may climb aboard and experience.

Legacy of William Bratton -- Esther Duncan portrays Mary Maxwell Bratton, wife of Lewis and Clark Expedition member Pvt. William Bratton.

Lewis and Clark woodcarvers competition -- The National Woodcarvers Association will have a carving competition with $1,000 in prize money to be awarded.

Life and times of George Drouillard -- Geoffrey Bahr portrays George Drouillard, a hunter and interpreter who had a significant influence on the expedition.

Life of a fur trader -- This exhibit and a re-enactor dressed as a French voyageur depict fur trading in the Midwest during the 1700s and early 1800s.

National Lewis and Clark Fiddlers Competition -- Amateur, professional and children can compete for $1,000 in prize money during this national fiddling competition.

Native American heritage site -- Native American dances and games will be demonstrated by teenagers from the Prairie Nation tribes.

Period food and craft demonstrations -- Frontier demonstrations will include blacksmithing, wood carving, jump-rope making, string doll making, surveying and more.

"Relive the Lewis and Clark Experience" exhibit -- Darrell Elder brings one of the largest touring exhibits of Lewis and Clark era memorabilia for a hands-on experience.

Toussaint Charbonneau encampment -- Jack Smith interprets the life and times of expedition interpreter and Sacagawea's husband, Toussaint Charbonneau.

Traditional strings of the times with Nancy Lipincott -- Lipincott shares period music on mandolin, hammer dulcimer, guitar and autoharp.

Traveling museum -- The Lewis and Clark Mobile Interpretive Center features a multicultural perspective of the expedition.

Violin maker Michael Rennels Thompson -- Michael Rennels Thompson will build a fiddle in front of the audience.

[Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
news release]

 

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