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Lewis and Clark Boat House and Nature Center

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm and Sunday Noon-5:00pm.
Closed on New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Entrance Fee:
Adults $5.00
Children under 17 $2.00
Group Rates are available (Groups of 15 or more).

Contact Us:
Bishop's Landing
1050 S. Riverside Drive
St. Charles, MO 63301
636-947-3199 lewisandclarkmuseum@yahoo.com


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Lewis and Clark Education Initiative

The Discovery Expedition of St. Charles (Missouri’s premiere Lewis & Clark Reenactors) will be hosting an event for school students from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. on Friday Dec. 5th at the Hofgarten in downtown Hermann, Missouri. The schedule of activities is free and open to students on Friday and to the public from Noon - 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Friday’s Demonstrations include:

Blacksmithing with a portable forge

Medicine and medical procedures

Weapons and demonstrations of the early 1800’s

Uniforms and clothing of the era

Women’s clothing of the early 1800’s

Historical presentations of the epic journey

Primitive fire starting and much more

Saturday’s Events:

Noon - 4:00 p.m. - 1804 Lewis & Clark period campsite on tour at the Hofgarten location

Period Demonstrations and Exhibits of the 1803-06 Lewis & Clark Expedition

Blacksmithing with a portable forge

Medicine and medical procedures

Weapons and demonstrations of the early 1800’s

Uniforms and clothing of the era

Women’s clothing of the early 1800’s

Primitive fire starting and much more

1:00 p.m. - Black powder shoot and demonstration

2:00 p.m. - Patrick Lee, nationally known for his portrayal of Thomas Jefferson will be our special guest, presenting a short summary of Jefferson’s decision to explore the new frontier.

3:00 p.m. - Period dance workshop

5:00 p.m. - Twilight Lantern Parade to the “March to Ol’ Glory” in downtown Hermann

5:30 p.m. - Retiring the Colors at the Hofgarten

6:00 p.m. - Silent Auction from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Lewis & Clark memorabilia and other items

6:30 p.m. - Banquet Feast - $28 (advance reservations required, includes dance)

8:00 p.m. - Military Ball—Music by “Booneslick Strings” period dancing ($5 at the door)

Your best holiday pre-1865 period attire is encouraged but not required.

Tickets for dinner and dance are $28/person in advance by 11/28/08. Tickets for the
dance are only available at the door for $5.  Tickets for the dinner and dance will not be available at Hermann. They need to be purchased beforehand. To get tickets by 11/28/08 or for more information call Norman or Brigitte Bowers at 314-275-8155 or visit www.LewisandClark.net.

Our Abbreviated Bio:

Teaching Heritage Through Living History
The Discovery Expedition of St. Charles consists of volunteers, like their predecessors, sail separated from swift waters and eternity only by thin-but-sturdy layers of wood. Whether by buckskins or by uniforms, their clothing accurately re-creates the dress of 1804. Their weapons are firelocks. They cook over campfires. They sleep under canvas. They know their history, and they teach. The Discovery Expedition is the only living history group who have crafted replica boats for the longest reenactment journey ever attempted.

By bringing Lewis and Clark to life on the banks of rivers—and in classrooms and gyms— the Discovery Expedition Reenactors have helped thousands of school children see their teachers as storytellers and know that history is high adventure.

What’s more, over 800,000 visitors - some avid students of history, some newly curious - have come to the riverbanks to inspect the boats, experience the period campsites, enjoy demonstrations of technology and events described in journals from almost 200 years ago, and share Discovery.

Uniquely Qualified to Recapture Adventure
Each reenactment, each voyage of rediscovery proves out the boats, recruits new Reenactors to the modern Corps of Discovery (as Thomas Jefferson dubbed the original band of United States Army recruits), and adds to our understanding of what our predecessors achieved.

In their years of reenacting, thousands of river-miles, and hundreds of campsites along the Ohio, Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, from Pennsylvania to South Dakota, the Discovery Expedition of St. Charles has brought adventure to large cities like Pittsburgh, Louisville and Kansas City as well as towns who count their souls in scores instead of thousands: Lupus, Mo.; Rabbit Hash, Ky.

The Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, Missouri with its’ corps of more than 200 Reenactors, have developed the necessary contacts, unique preparation and credibility required to assume the flagship role of the recent Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commemoration completed last year ... reenacting in 2003 to 2006 their journey on the Ohio, Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, across the Great Rocky Mountains down the Columbia to the Pacific and back again. They were continually featured by their knowledge, craft, and skills in the “Tent of Many Voices” presented on tour across the country by the National Park Service. They have truly proven themselves with many others of their kind to be a Living National Treasure. If you have that passion to recreate this adventure for yourself, the Discovery Expedition may be your trail to living history. Contact www.LewisandClark.net


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