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Release: April 23, 2003

Library Exhibit Commemorates Lewis and Clark

The UI Libraries' collection of materials about Lewis and Clark's expedition to the west coast of North America will be on display to mark the 200th anniversary of the Corps of Discovery's voyage.

The exhibit, "The Lewis and Clark Expedition: A Bicentennial Exhibition, 1803-1806," will be on view in the special collections department on the second floor of the Main Library through Sept. 28. Exhibit hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. during academic terms; and Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. during academic recesses.

The exhibit features published versions of the captains' journals, fictionalized accounts, and books by Iowa authors about the journey. The exhibition includes maps of the "Voyage of Discovery," including a map of the Missouri River from 1802 that pre-dates Lewis and Clark's journey, and a map of the journey dating from 1814 in Nicholas Biddle's first authentic history of the expedition. Grace Hebard's work, Sacajawea, is displayed in its published form, as well as in manuscript.

Lewis and Clark's trip had a significant Iowa connection as the Corps of Discovery spent 33 days in the state. They camped near present-day Lake Manawa in Council Bluffs for six days to hunt, make oars, dry out their equipment, and to look for Indians. During their stay in Iowa, they discovered white catfish, badgers, and pelicans. On their entire journey, Lewis and Clark recorded 178 plants and 122 animals previously unknown to science. They were the first Americans to describe grizzly bears, bighorn sheep, and cutthroat trout. On Aug. 20, 1804, Sgt. Charles Floyd died near Sioux City, probably of appendicitis. Floyd was the only person lost on the trip.

The exhibit was curated by Bob McCowan, retired department head and manuscripts librarian. Kathryn Hodson and Amy Cooper assisted in mounting the exhibit.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Tom Snee, 319-384-0010, tom-snee@uiowa.edu.