An evening with Washington State Historical Society Director and author David L. Nicandri, with Clay S. Jenkinson of The Dakota Institute, Bismarck North Dakota, examining and celebrating the history of Lewis and Clark.
The program features a rare, hour-long conversation and presentation examining the often overlooked history of Lewis and Clark in Columbia River country, and its historical consequences. Most narratives emphasize the explorers’ adventures through their journey to the Bitterroot Mountains but have said little about the rest of their travels west of the range.
Nicandri places the oft-mythologized Sacagawea in clearer perspective by focusing instead on the contributions of often-overlooked Indian leaders in Columbia River country. He also offers points of comparison to other explorers and a provocative analysis of Lewis’s suicide in 1809, arguing that it was not a rash decision brought about by despair, but the fruit of a seed planted much earlier—quite possibly in Columbia country.
River of Promise fills a significant gap in our understanding of Lewis and Clark’s legendary expedition. Nicandri shifts the focus to a fundamental goal of the explorers: to discover the headwaters of the Columbia and a water route to the Pacific Ocean.
A special Lewis and Clark themed reception and book signing will follow the presentation and include:
• An opportunity to speak with the author.
• Examine recreated Lewis and Clark expedition equipment demonstrated by a costumed re-enactor.
• Review the history of Washington’s Lewis and Clark history through a special showing of the exhibit End of our Voyage: Lewis and Clark in Washington
• Listen to the foot stomping music of the trail era performed by noted musicians Vivian and Phil Williams.
• Meet Molly, a Newfoundland appearing as Meriwether Lewis’ dog Seaman.
• Refreshments of the era.
All of this is part of a special celebratory gathering in honor of the story of Lewis and Clark on the Columbia, as told in this newly published work by David Nicandri.
David L. Nicandri is director of the Washington State Historical Society and served as President of the National Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Council.
Clay S. Jenkinson, winner of the National Endowment for the Humanities Medal of Excellence and nationally known for his first-person characterizations of Thomas Jefferson and Meriwether Lewis, is the author of The Character of Meriwether Lewis and host of “The Thomas Jefferson Hour” heard on public radio stations nationwide.
Program is free and open to the public. Donations appreciated.
State Capital Museum
211 21st Avenue SW
Olympia, WA 98501
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