"Changed Lives: Lewis & Clark Meet the West" at Western Historic Trails Center

For immediate release March 28, 2005



What: "Changed Lives: Lewis & Clark Meet the West"
Times: 2:00 p.m.
Dates: April 23 & 30, May 7 & 14, 2005
Place: Western Historic Trails Center, 3434 Richard Downing Ave. Council Bluffs.
Contact: KC Hummel, 712-366-4900

The Western Historic Trails Center will host “Changed Lives: Lewis & Clark Meet the West,” a series of four programs in its theater. The programs, which are free and open to the public, are part of a series organized by the Missouri Humanities Council (MHC) in collaboration with Humanities Councils in Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Humanities Councils are statewide organizations dedicated exclusively to promoting lifelong learning in history, literature and the other subjects of the humanities. For more information about these program titles and speakers call 712.366.4900 or visit the MHC website at www.mohumanities.org or the State Historical Society of Iowa website at www.iowahistory.org/sites.

Below is the schedule of programs:

April 23 - Mary Green Vickrey: “Songs Lewis and Clark Might Have Sung”
The haunting tunes of yesteryear come alive in this one-woman show. In period costume, South Dakota singer/songwriter Mary Green Vickrey introduces historical music from the era of the Lewis & Clark Expedition with energy and humor. Vickrey writes original folk and bluegrass music that displays a delightful sense of humor. Her "true to life" songs of Midwestern family life connect with audiences. As one woman commented, "You voiced the things we need to hear and to laugh." Accompanying herself on guitar and banjo, she tells everyday stories that we have all experienced.

Mary just released her first CD of original music, Horizon Unbounded. Playing acoustic guitar, Mary offers two musical programs: "Songs Lewis & Clark Might Have Sung" and "The Greatest Hits of 1803." "Songs Lewis & Clark Might Have Sung" reflects the diversity of early 19th century America and the Corps of Discovery. Mary captures the feel of the era with haunting ballads, stirring patriotic songs, Kentucky spirituals, and French voyageur songs. Her trademark humor weaves throughout her selections and her original song about the Expedition. The audience joins in the singing of Yankee Doodle and a voyageur song.

April 30 - Carla Wambach: “Take Flight with Lewis and Clark”
The public is invited to join the Lewis & Clark Expedition on their epic journey into the uncharted wilderness. This hands-on presentation features actual bird mounts as a vehicle to integrate the confluence of cultures, encountered throughout the voyage, in symbology, ceremony and adornment. Wambach is a retired teacher with a Master’s Degree in environmental education from Helena, Montana. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the National Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Science. Carla is a member of Montana’s Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Educational Committee.

May 7 - Bat Shunatona “Reflections on the Otoe-Missouria at Council Bluffs”
In this presentation, Bat Sunatona, a member of the Otoe-Missouria tribe, traces his personal genealogy back to Big Horse, the Otoe chief Lewis & Clark met at Council Bluffs ("Handsome Prairie”) on 3 August 1804. His last name is a derivative of “big horse.”

May 14 - Loretta Oden
In this presentation, food historian Loretta Oden, discusses the foods used during the time of Lewis and Clark.


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