U.Va. Programs Will Mark Lewis And Clark Bicentennial Launch
December 3, 2002--
Like its founder Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia
will be looking to the West with intense interest when classes begin
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 multi-year 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 West”
– 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 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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.
Evening with Jefferson and Lewis"
A 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 434-982-5252.
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.
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 434-982-5252
HISTORY ARCHIVES AND VIDEO
Roots of Exploration: Lewis and Clark’s 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. It is a coproduction with Albemarle County,
the city of Charlottesville, the Charlottesville-Albemarle County
Convention & Visitors Bureau, and WHTJ-Charlottesville public
TV. For details, contact the Visitors Bureau at (434) 293-6789.
the West: The Changing Vision of Lewis, Clark, and Jefferson”
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. A collaboration between Alderman Library, the School
of Architecture and the Virginia Center for Digital History, 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/lewisandclark/
STUDENT 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 area’s 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 area’s Monacan Indian tribe; and Jefferson’s
knowledge of Native Americans in Virginia. They have been researched
as part of a course, “History and Digital Media.”
ON JEFFERSON AND LEWIS AND CLARK
part of “Jefferson’s 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, contact
the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at (434) 982-5252
or see Monticello’s Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Web site
Bob Brickhouse, (434) 924-6856