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Creating a Family Adventure with Lewis & Clark in Washington. Organizing a family version of a Lewis and Clark expedition takes a little time and energy but is definitively worth the effort. The real thing is so much better than the movie version.

Sing walla walla bing bang! The Fort Walla Walla Museum has more than 14 restored buildings most dating from 1850 to the turn of the century. The collection contains about 35,000 pioneers, agricultural and military artifacts including historical objects, textiles, and photographs. The dedicated staff provides living history performances every Sunday of the season and during June, July and August they also perform on Saturday. FYI: Every June the Fort Walla Walla Museum celebrates Lewis and Clark Days with a weekend event on site. (755 Myra Road, Walla Walla. (509) 525-7703 or www.fortwallawallamuseum.org

Say, have you seen my brother? The Sacajawea State Park and Interpretive Center is day use state park is at confluence of Columbia and Clearwater/Snake Rivers provides displays of artifacts and interpretive programs that focus on three topics. They include the life story of Sacajawea, the journey of the Corps of Discovery and the history of Native Americans. The boat launch is in a small, protected, oval lagoon and provides access to more than 9,000 feet of freshwater shoreline. A river beach and children's playground is an added bonus. (2503 Sacajawea Park Road, Pasco. (509) 545-2361 or www.lewsiandclarktrail.com)

Lewis & Clark or the Oregon Trail? Maryhill Museum of Art, located on more than 6000 acres overlooking the Columbia River, provides a dramatic visual perspective to visitors. More than 20 interpretive panels on the plateau within site of the museum explain points of local history. The stations convey trivia and facts about not only Native Americans and Lewis and Clark but also the Oregon Trail and the geology of the Columbia River Gorge. A permanent exhibit focuses on the trade and fishing customs of the indigenous people of the Columbia River that the Corps of Discovery encountered during their time in the area. Several additional programs have been created to commemorate the Corps of Discovery. (35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale. (509) 773-3733 or www.maryhillmuseum.org)

Additional Resources

USA National Park Service. The National Park Service’s award-winning "Corps of Discovery II: 200 Years to the Future" is traveling the country through 2006 the details may be found at www.lewisclarkandbeyond.com/schedule/  The Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail offers a general resource for events nationwide. The information is www.nps.gov/lecl/

National Council of the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial. This is a a comprehensive website offering materials to enhance any family adventure. For example available to parents and educators a CD-Rom (underwritten by Qwest), which contains an educational curriculum developed by the Missouri Historical Society for elementary through high school students. Saint Louis, MO 63112-0040. Toll-free 888-999-1803 or www.lewisandclark200.org

Montana: Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. This is a marvelous resource site with not only pages for kids but many useful links by region and season.  Toll-free 1-888-701-3434 - 600 Central Avenue Suite 327 Great Falls, MT 59403 or www.lewisandclark.org

South Dakota: Lewis and Clark Association. The Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce along with the Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan has created Lewis and Clark's Historic Trail site to celebrate Yankton's place in history. The maps showcase not only South Dakota but the entire route. The site is great and it provides one more resource for community events. www.lewisclark.net

South Dakota Lewis and Clark Audiotape. A useful companion on the road the audiotape is available on loan at any of the South Dakota Information Centers along I-90 and I-29. Listen to the stories about the Corps of Discovery as you drive the trail. Additionally some businesses along the trail also sell the tape or you may order one from the Southeast South Dakota Visitors Association. 1-888-353-7382. The cost is $7.99 plus shipping of $2.50.

 

iContent researched and posted by Nancy Nelson-Duac, Curator of the Good Stuff for the Family Travel Files. Copyright 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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