Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country:
200 Years of
presents a familiar subject in an unfamiliar setting. It
is inspired by the bicentennial of the expedition of the Corps of Discovery,
the three-year mission launched by President Thomas Jefferson to explore
the newly purchased Louisiana Territory. A milestone in the history
of American exploration, the journey was also a major event in the ten thousand-year
history of Native peoples in North America.
Based on an exhibition
originally mounted at the Newberry Library, this website explores how these
two histories, that of the United States and that of Indian peoples along
the expedition route, came together two hundred years ago and how they
remain intertwined today.
Click to enter the virtual exhibition.