White Catfish Camp at WHTC this weekend

For immediate release July 17, 2007

 

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 Saturday and Sunday 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.-5 p.m. July 21-22 at the Western Historic Trails Center, 3434 Richard Downing Avenue in Council Bluffs. Admission is free and open to the public.

In addition, the Mouth of the Platte Chapter of the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation will host a picnic after the White Catfish event Saturday. The public is invited. Please RSVP to 402-731-9042 or email: mholoun@cox.net.

“It’s going to be a fun-filled weekend for the entire family,” WHTC Site Manager K.C. Hummel said. “I’d like to thank the Mouth of the Platte Chapter for providing speakers; Butch Bouvier, Boatwright for providing the boat display; the Discovery Corps Re-enactors; and the State Historical Society of Iowa for funding this project.”

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 five-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 21

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Gift Shop, Model Keelboat, Discovery Corps camp open

9:30 a.m.
Father Tom Coenen – Forts Along the Lewis & Clark Trail

10:30 a.m.
Tony Hunolt – The Life of Sgt. Patrick Gass

Noon
Native American food for sale – Wynema Morris Family

1 p.m.
Carl Camp – “Lewis and Clark: Improvisers Extraordinaire.”

2 p.m.
Chet Worm – The Missouri River Then and Now

3 p.m.
Bob Pawloski – Archiving the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Digitally

4 p.m.
Kira Gale – Lewis’ Encounter with the Blackfeet

Sunday, July 22

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Gift Shop, Model Keelboat, Discovery Corps

9:30 a.m.
Peggy Christ – Only One Man Died! The Health Aspects of the L & C Expedition

10:30 a.m.
Evelyn Orr – The Spanish Attempt to Stop the Expedition

Noon
Native American food for sale – Wynema Morris Family

12:30 p.m.
Jack Christ – Reading Between the Lines

1:30 p.m.
Wynema Morris– Privates Cruzatte and LaBiche, Omaha-Frenchmen of the Corps

2:30 p.m.
Tony Hunolt – William Clark after the Expedition

3:30 p.m.
Betty Smallen – Song of the Morning Star – Indians and Lewis & Clark

Lunch may be purchased at the Native American food stand outside the Lied Historical Building. 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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