Discovering America: The World of Lewis and Clark Exhibit Closes Aug. 3, 2003

Jul 28, 2003

What: Discovering America: The World of Lewis and Clark, an exhibition curated by the LBJ Library and Museum

When: February 15-August 3, 2003

Where: LBJ Library and Museum, 2313 Red River St., Austin, Texas Admission: Free

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum is kicking off the bicentennial celebration of the Louisiana Purchase---which led to the Lewis and Clark Expedition---with an exhibition of rare artifacts, documents and images as well as sculptures and artwork to document the historic journey.

Discovering America: The World of Lewis and Clark runs from February 15 to August 3, 2003. Some of the historic objects on display include an original Louisiana Purchase document; the diary of Sgt. Charles Floyd, the only casualty of the Corps of Discovery; portions of Meriwether Lewis' journal from the expedition and numerous artifacts loaned by Bud Clark, the great-great-great grandson of William Clark.

Works of art include the painting Lewis and Clark Expedition by renowned Western artist Charles Russell and a sculpture of Sacagawea by Henry Lion. Both works are on loan from the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Also exhibited are individual portraits of Lewis and Clark circa 1807 by Charles Wilson Peale from the Independence National Historic Park in Philadelphia.

The exhibition also features artifacts from the various Native Americans encountered by Lewis and Clark including the Sioux, Mandan, Nez Percé and Chinook tribes. The world of Lewis and Clark will be recreated through statues of Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and their Nez Percé guide, Twisted Hair; replicas of a Native American tipi; a "bull boat" constructed by the Corps of Discovery to navigate rivers along the journey and a model of Fort Clatsop, where the Corps of Discovery wintered before its return journey from the Pacific Coast.

The LBJ Library and Museum's Education Specialist has designed free curriculum materials for educators who schedule classroom tours. The Educator Packet is designed to enhance students' museum experience. For more information on educational opportunities, contact Marsha Sharp, Education Specialist, at (512) 721-0195.