Lewis and Clark in Kentucky” was developed by The Filson to mark the bicentennial of the 1803 to 1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition. Kentucky played an important role in that American epic. Supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission, “Lewis and Clark in Kentucky” presents information and images regarding Kentucky connections to the Corps of Discovery and its famous journey.

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The Filson holds one of the nation’s most significant Lewis and Clark related collections. Through the years, a number of items relating to the two captains and their epic 1803 to 1806 trek to the Pacific Ocean and back were acquired. Louisville being the home of William Clark prior to the expedition and home to many of the Clarks, even to the present day, certainly aided in assembling the collection. Letters, diaries, store accounts, broadsides, books, maps, newspapers, portraits, prints, artifacts, and later, even photographs, provide importance information for the journey of the Corps of Discovery and its members.

During the 2003-2006 national observance of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial, The Filson played a major role in organizing and conducting programming in Kentucky. A major initiative was the exhibit “Lewis & Clark: The Exploration of the American West, 1803-1806.” Drawing primarily from The Filson’s own collection, the exhibit was open in Louisville from May 2003 to May 2004.

To mark the 200th anniversary of the return of the expedition, the exhibit was loaned to the Kentucky Historical Society and on exhibit at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort from October 2006 to February 2007. A web version of the exhibit is being prepared and will be available soon, so check back.

Another initiative was the construction and launching of a website devoted to telling the Kentucky part of the Lewis and Clark story. Financed in part by a grant from the Kentucky Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission, The Filson built and maintains “Lewis and Clark in Kentucky.”

To visit go to www.lewisandclarkinkentucky.org.