Why the Lewis and Clark Bridge?

Aerial views of the recently opened Lewis and Clark Bridge across the Ohio at Louisville. Courtesy of insiderlouisville.com

Aerial views of the recently opened Lewis and Clark Bridge across the Ohio at Louisville. Courtesy of bridgehunter.com and insiderlouisville.com  Most people think of the Lewis and Clark Expedition as an event in the history of the American West; up the Missouri, across the mountains, down the Columbia to the Pacific, and back again. That’s the western legacy of the epic […]

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Sergeant Charles Floyd Day in Kentucky and Louisville

Written by Jim Holmberg “I am going away.  I want you to write me a letter.” So requested Sergeant Charles Floyd of his captain, William Clark, shortly before his death 209 years ago today.  The two men and the rest of the members of the Corps of Discovery were some 950 miles up the Missouri River on their way to […]

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Voyage of Discovery at The Filson Historical Society

Growing up the daughter of two American history enthusiasts made it almost impossible not to absorb and enjoy American history. Most children went to theme parks on their summer vacations. I went on extended camping trips across the country.  In the summer of 2004, our annual family camping trip was designed to celebrate the bicentennial of the Voyage of Discovery. […]

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York, of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

  Yesterday’s Black History Month blurb in the Louisville Courier-Journal very appropriately featured York of the famous 1803 to 1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition to the Pacific Ocean. Largely forgotten by history until recent years, York made a significant contribution to the success of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In the last dozen years, books, poetry, paintings, documentary films, sculpture, […]

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Jonathan Clark – A Witness to History

Jonathan Clark, of the famous Clark family, passed away on November 25, 1811 – 200 years ago this month. Born in August 1750 in Albemarle County, Virginia, Clark was the oldest of the ten children of John and Ann Rogers Clark. Two of his younger brothers – George Rogers and William – achieved great fame; George for his exploits in Kentucky […]

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On the Trail of Lewis and Clark

The journey of the Corps of Discovery across the American West was an endeavor on many levels. One of the expedition’s goals was to identify, describe, and collect new specimens of flora and fauna – pressed, alive, stuffed, skins, skeletons, and in any other useful form. Thomas Jefferson wanted as big a discovery return as possible for the expedition and had given Meriwether Lewis an extensive list […]

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On the Trail of Lewis & Clark

Whoever coined the saying that “time flies” wasn’t kidding. The years pass quickly. It is hard to believe that January 17th will mark the tenth anniversary of one of the most memorable Lewis and Clark events I had the pleasure – and in this case honor – in which to participate. Given my deep involvement in Lewis and Clark over […]

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A Day in the Life: The Lewis & Clark Expedition 207 years ago today.

“A Day in the Life” is a phrase we’re all familiar with. Whether it’s in the context of the famous Beatles song, the photojournalism project that documented life in a particular continent, country or city during one day, or the classic Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn novel One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (not quite a match but too good not […]

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