White Catfish Camp at WHTC July 22-23

For immediate release July 7, 2006


Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

(DES MOINES) – The Western Historic Trails Center will host its annual Lewis & Clark White Catfish Camp Living History Weekend this month to commemorate the Corps of Discovery explorers who made camp near Council Bluffs in 1804 during their historic journey up the Missouri River.

The event is scheduled 9 a.m.-6 p.m. July 22-23 at the Western Historic Trails Center, 3434 Richard Downing Avenue in Council Bluffs. Admission is free and open to the public.

“It’s going to be a fun-filled weekend for the entire family,” WHTC Site Manager K.C. Hummel said. “We’re very fortunate to offer a theatrical presentation of Lewis and Clark and the End of the World and Kevin Locke, an internationally renowned Lakota storyteller, flutist and hoop dancer. We will also have Native American food for sale prepared by Wynema Morris and her family. Wynema is from the Omaha tribe and is a member of the Iowa Lewis & Clark Commission.”

White Catfish Camp has its roots in July 1804 when Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery made camp near present-day Council Bluffs, Iowa. The 5-day stop was an opportunity to repair equipment and make astronomical observations. On July 24, 1804, one of the explorers, Silas Goodrich, caught an albino catfish, giving the camp its name.

Following is the event schedule:

Saturday, July 22

9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Gift Shop, Boat display, Discovery Corps camp open

9 a.m.
Bob Pawloski – Following Lewis & Clark on the World Wide Web

10:15 a.m.
Kevin Locke – Lakota Hoop Dance, storyteller and flutist

11:30 a.m.
Wynema Morris – Pvts. Cruzatte and LaBiche, Omaha-Frenchmen of the Corps

*Native American food for sale

12:30 p.m.
Kevin Locke, playing flute in the atrium

1 p.m.
Carl Camp – Seaman: The Corps of Discovery’s Canine Voageur

2-3:30 p.m.
Lewis and Clark and the End of the World – play

4 p.m.
Kevin Locke – hoop dancer

Sunday, July 23

9 a.m.-6p.m.
Gift Shop, Boat display, Discovery Corps

9:30 a.m.
Chet Worm/Della Bauer – Catfish, the Missouri River and other Lewis and Clark tales.

10:30 a.m.
Bat Shunatona, Otoe/Missouria – Tracing his ancestors to Big Horse

*Native American food for sale

12:30 p.m.
Matt Jones - Otoe and Missouria meet Big Knives followed by book signing

1:30 p.m.
Mary Green Vickrey – Songs of Lewis & Clark

2:30 p.m.
Tony Hunolt – John Coulter

3:30 p.m.
Jack Christ – Reading Between the Lines

4:30 p.m.
Peggy Christ – Only One Man Died! The Health Aspects of the Lewis & Clark Expedition

The event is supported by an $8,000 grant from the National Park Service Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail. For more information, call the Western Historic Trails Center at 712-366-4900.

The Western Historic Trails Center is operated by the State Historical Society of Iowa, a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa’s past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state. Please visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.


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