Lewis & Clark
Many University programs to mark milestone
By Robert Brickhouse
its founder Thomas Jefferson, the University will be looking to
the West with intense interest when classes begin Jan. 15.
week marks the start of the 200th anniversary commemoration of
the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the great transcontinental journey
that changed the face of North America. With Charlottesville and
Monticello hosting the national kickoff of the bicentennial, U.Va.
will contribute to public education and scholarship about the
exploration and development of the West.
many commemorative events throughout the area, U.Va. will host
or sponsor a rich array of West-related exhibits, lectures, classes,
Web archives and research projects.
the tremendous national interest in the expedition, the University
has been focusing on the West from numerous perspectives,
said Douglas Seefeldt, director of U.Va.s multiyear Lewis
and Clark Bicentennial Project.
are highlights of key events and projects at U.Va. For details
about local and national programs, see U.Va.s Lewis and
Clark Project Web site at www.vcdh.virginia.edu/lewisandclark
the Legacy: Native American Art and the 19th-century American
U.Va. Art Museum exhibit about Native American art and culture.
Tuesday-Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 11-March 2. Free admission.
West: Base Camp for Discovery Exhibit Hall
West-related demonstrations, vendor and exhibitor displays at
Newcomb Hall Ballroom, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 15-17.
and Clark: The Maps of Exploration, 1507-1814
University Library exhibit that highlights the maps used in planning
the expedition. Special Collections, Alderman Library, through
May 5. Special hours during exposition week: Jan. 14, 9 a.m. to
5 p.m.; Jan. 15-16, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Jan. 17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
and Jan. 18, noon to 5 p.m. Free admission.
Nations - Many Voices
Native American project organized by the Circle of Advisers of
the National Council of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial. Newcomb
Hall Student Gallery. Jan. 15-17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Jan. 18,
2 to 5 p.m.
& Clark statue on Main Street in Charlottesville
History Pioneers: The Flora and Fauna of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
Exhibit at the U.Va. branch of the Virginia Museum of Natural
History, 104 Emmet St., will open Jan. 16, with an evening reception
from 4 to 6 p.m. Exhibit hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
An Evening with Jefferson and Lewis
one-man show with author Clay Jenkinson, who portrays both Thomas
Jefferson and Meriwether Lewis. 8 p.m., Old Cabell Hall. Admission
is free, but advance tickets must be obtained by calling 982-5252.
and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery
Filmmaker Ken Burns and his longtime collaborator Dayton Duncan
will screen and discuss an episode from their 1997 award-winning
public television documentary. 8 p.m., Culbreth Theatre. Admission
is $7, and tickets may be purchased at the door.
Corps of Discovery: A Musical Journey
The Show-me Opera Company of the University of Missouri will present
excerpts from its interpretation of the expedition. 8 p.m., Old
Cabell Hall. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for students. To
purchase tickets, call 434-982-5252.
Hearts Thus Lightened: Music in the Days of Lewis and Clark
Concert with various performers, 3 to 5 p.m., Old Cabell Hall.
For ticket information, call 982-5252.
HISTORY ARCHIVES AND VIDEO
Roots of Exploration: Lewis and Clarks Charlottesville-
Albemarle County, Virginia
Seefeldt and the Lewis and Clark Project have helped research
and create this 10-minute video about Lewis and Clark family properties
and houses in Albemarle County, all privately owned today. For
details, contact the local visitors bureau at 293-6789.
the West: The Changing Vision of Lewis, Clark, and Jefferson
Digital history project devoted to elucidating the Virginia landscape
that Lewis, Clark and Jefferson knew, and to explaining how their
views of nature and geography were severely challenged by what
they encountered in the West. The innovative Web project will
show early cartographic views of the West, the international geopolitical
context of the expedition and some of the changing ideas about
the natural world held by Lewis, Clark and Jefferson. When completed
it will be on the U.Va. Lewis and Clark Project Web site at www.vcdh.virginia.edu/lewis
PROJECTS IN DIGITAL HISTORY
digital archives soon to be available on the same U.Va. site.
It will include histories of the Lewis and Clark family properties
in central Virginia; the creation of the areas Lewis and
Clark statues and other public sites such as York Place (honoring
the African-American expeditioner York) on the Downtown Mall;
the history of the areas Monacan Indian tribe; and Jeffersons
knowledge of Native Americans in Virginia.
ON JEFFERSON AND LEWIS AND CLARK
West: A Lewis and Clark Exposition
A program sponsored by Monticello, leading scholars and other
experts from around the country will discuss numerous topics at
U.Va. about the expedition and the West. The cost of the Jan.
15-17 program is $225 with registration required. Among the many
speakers are University of Tulsa historian James P. Ronda, U.Va.
historian Peter Onuf, U.Va. anthropologist Jeffrey Hantman, University
of California historian Daniel Botkin, filmmaker Ken Burns and
writers Rick Bass and William Least Heat Moon. For information
or to register, call (434) 982-5252 or see Monticellos Web
site at http://www.monticello.org/jefferson/lewisandclark/