Lewis and Clark lecture series announced
March 16, 2023
Lewis County Public Library and Archives, in partnership with the Lewis County Historical Society and the Meriwether Lewis Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, has announced a series of scholarly lectures and family events to coincide with "Reimagining America: The Maps of Lewis and Clark" a traveling exhibit scheduled to stop in Hohenwald March 26 through May 6.
Reimagining America Exhibit Opening Ceremony: Sunday, March 26th, 2 p.m. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held to officially open the exhibit to the public at the historic Hohenwald Depot located at 10 East Main Street.
"Meriwether Lewis and the Natchez Trace" presented by Tony Turnbow: Saturday, April 1st, 1 p.m. at the library and archives. Historian and author Tony Turnbow will be at discuss the history of the Natchez Trace and the political atmosphere which was occurring at the time that Meriwether Lewis was traveling the Trace in 1809. Copies of the latest installment of his Fighting Devil's Backbone trilogy and other works will be available for purchase and signing.
"Dr. Antoine Saugrain and His Extraordinary Life" presented by Char Ollinger Waughtel: Saturday, April 15th, 1 p.m. at the library and archives. Called the "First Scientist of the Mississippi Valley, Antoine Saugrain was a chemist and naturalist and the only physician in the frontier community of St. Louis when Lewis and Clark arrived there in 1803. The great granddaughter of Dr. Saugrain will discuss the life and adventures of her famous ancestor and his connection to the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
"The Trails of Lewis and Clark" presented by Charles Crase: Saturday, April 22nd, 1 p.m. at the library and archives. Lewis and Clark researcher Charles Crase will discuss the trails used by Lewis and Clark before, during, and post expedition. A number of maps will also be on display.
"Lewis and Clark Story Time" presented by Jaimee Troutt: Tuesday, April 25th 10 a.m. at the library and archives. Families will learn about the Lewis and Clark Expedition and some of their exciting adventures. This program is geared towards preschool and kindergarten ages.
"From the Treaty City to the Western Sea: Lewis and Clark in Greenville, Ohio" presented by Caitlyn Clark: Saturday, April 29th, 1 p.m. at the library and archives. Though Louisville, Kentucky, is often recognized as the starting point of the Lewis and Clark expedition, few people actually know where they met for the first time- Greenville, Ohio. Caitlyn Clark, a descendant of William Clark, will explore how the experiences shared by Lewis and Clark not only aided them during their famous cross-country expedition, but also helped them navigate the muddy waters of frontier politics throughout their subsequent tenures in government office.
"Native American Story Time" presented by Jaimee Troutt: Tuesday, May 2nd, 10 a.m. at the library and archives. Families will enjoy traditional stories and activities related to local indigenous peoples and the tribes encountered by Lewis and Clark. This program is geared towards preschool and kindergarten ages.
"Lewis and Clark: After the Expedition" presented by Ranger Jeremy Childs: Saturday, May 6th, 1 p.m. at the Lewis County Museum Discovery Center located at 108 East Main Street. Natchez Trace Parkway Ranger Jeremy Childs will lead families on a hands-on and interactive exploration of what happened to the members of the Corps of Discovery after their triumphal return to western civilization.
"Reimagining America: The Maps of Lewis and Clark" may be viewed Mondays through Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lewis County Museum Depot. There is no fee to view the exhibit. A small admission will be charged for those wishing to tour the Lewis County Museum of Local and Natural History, which houses the fourth largest mounted animal collection in North America. To learn more about the museum, visit https://www.lewiscountymuseum.com/
"Reimagining America: The Maps of Lewis and Clark" is hosted by the Lewis County Historical Society, Lewis County Public Library and Archives, and the Friends of the Library, and the Meriwether Lewis Chapter of Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. This exhibit is funded locally in part by a grant from Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding has been provided by Summertown Metals, Peoples Bank, Keith Vanstone, Hohenwald Mayor Danny McKnight, and Janet Turner.
For more information about these Lewis and Clark programs and other library events, visit the library website http://www.lewislibrary.com.