NIC to present on the military aspects of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
The significance of the Lewis and Clark Expedition being formed as a military unit will be reinforced when local historians Robert Singletary and Mark Weadick discuss the military aspects of the expedition at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 in Molstead Library’s Todd Lecture Hall on North Idaho College’s main campus.
When President Thomas Jefferson commissioned the Corps of Discovery, he envisioned it as a military unit, headed by Captain Lewis. About one-third of the members of the expedition were active military men.
During the presentation, Singletary will present as Sergeant Patrick Gass and Weadick as interpreter George Drouillard, both in authentic dress of the period. The two will recount the military procedures of the expedition as well as the role of hired interpreters, who were selected based on their skills and past experiences.
Singletary is a member of the Lewis and Clark Trail Foundation, which supports research and educational projects about the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He also participated in reenactment activities in St. Charles, Mo., when the Corps of Discovery II began its journey up the Missouri River.
Weadick is an experienced hunter, trapper and fur trade historian as well as a founding member of the David Thompson Party of the American Mountain Men Association.
“The Military Life of the Corps of Discovery” is sponsored by NIC’s Molstead Library. The library is host to an exhibit on Lewis and Clark, featuring the Idaho State Historical Society’s exhibit in addition to books and authentic reproductions of uniforms, gear and weapons used by members of the expedition contributed from Singletary’s private collection. The exhibit is on display through October.
The presentation is free and open to the public.
Information: (208) 769-3355.
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NIC Molstead Library Assistant-Circulation Skip Kuck, (208) 769-3355Posted: Friday, Oct. 21, 2005