Lewis and Clark Expedition
is celebrated in Illinois
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Southwestern communities host special events and
to honor the Corps of Discovery
Marking the 200th anniversary of the expedition
that changed the face of America, the state of Illinois celebrates explorers
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and their famous 8,000-mile round trip
that began in southwest Illinois. The Lewis and Clark Bicentennial
Commemoration includes events and attractions throughout Illinois'
southwestern region this weekend.
- The Lewis and Clark National
Signature Event will take place at the Lewis and Clark State
Historic Site in Hartford. The state of Illinois will host
"Expedition Departure: Camp River DuBois," which includes
historical re-enactments, heritage crafts demonstrations, and the
National Lewis and Clark Fiddlers Competition, in honor of the
expedition's famous musician Pierre Cruzatte. The competition,
which offers a $1,000 prize, is open to amateurs and
- The four-day Lewis and
Clark Bicentennial Festival began Thursday in Hartford. The
festival features educational programming, heritage displays and
period entertainment, complete with tours of the adjacent Lewis
and Clark Visitor Center and Camp River DuBois replica.
- Alton's National Great Rivers
Museum exhibit "Corps of Discovery II: 200 Years into the Future"
sheds light on the significant effect the Lewis and Clark
expedition has had on American people.
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additional information about Lewis and Clark sites throughout
Illinois, call the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission, (800)
224-2970, or visit
[News release from the
Illinois Department of
and Economic Opportunity]