"Changed Lives: Lewis & Clark Meet the West"
April 23 & 30, May 7 & 14, 2005
Historic Trails Center, 3434 Richard Downing Ave. Council Bluffs.
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
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
In this presentation, food historian Loretta Oden, discusses the foods
used during the time of Lewis and Clark.
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