I just started reading Thomas Danisi's new book "Uncovering the Truth about Meriwether Lewis." Talk about the extreme opposite from the magazine article in Writer's Digest. This author digs pretty deeply and meticulously into the records searching for new material or real answers to heretofor unanswered questions. I like that about the book and I like his style of writing. He writes fairly easily and straightforward. I am reminded of the old adage my high school writing instructor beat into our heads about, "the author is simply the messenger and must never get in the way of the message he is delivering." But all the research and writing style does not necessarily make for a good book. I will withhold judgment until I see what he does with what he has found. More on that later when I have finished reading it.
Now for a little on the local Lewis and Clark scene. The Portage Route Chapter has accumulated a fair number of books over the years. Most of these are the common ones that are found in most of our libraries and are not of high dollar value. Most of them have been given to us with the thought that we may sell them and make a few dollars to help fund our activities. This March 15-18 during the "Art Week" activities here in town we will have about 3 dozen of them displayed for sale. We will be at the Holiday Inn with the Lewis and Clark Foundation's Portage Cache room. This will give us an idea of interest from the public and hopefully a few more dollars for our treasury.