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Lewis and Clark Expedition
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Southwestern communities host special events and activities
to honor the Corps of Discovery

[MAY 14, 2004]  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 professionals.
  • 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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  • Thursday, May 13, through Sunday, May 16


  • Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Festival grounds
    Lewis and Clark State Historic Site
    One Lewis and Clark Trail, Hartford
  • The National Great Rivers Museum
    Melvin Price Locks and Dam
    Highway 143 at Locks and Dam Way, East Alton

For additional information about Lewis and Clark sites throughout Illinois, call the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission, (800) 224-2970, or visit or

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