"Men of the 1993 Festival Encampment"
While working with Historical Research Associates getting photos, etc. for our NextExitHistory project and otherwise digging through files, I came across some sketches done in 1993. These were sketches of members of the Lewis and Clark Honor Guard done while the artist sat in the Lewis and Clark Festival encampment watching the Honor Guard as they did their chores and otherwise presented a piece of history to the visiting public who visited the camp. In addition to the individuals shown here there were other sketches showing hide scraping, sawing a log with a two man saw, tipis and Seaman.
Not only was this a fun trip of nostalgia "remembering when, and trying to remember names" these sketches serve to show how far our historical research has come in the last ten years. The Lewis and Clark Expedition Bicentennial (2003-2006) caused many different kinds of people to search the records of the exploration for a better understanding of what, when, why, who and how of the entire Lewis and Clark story.
NextExit History Lives.
Earlier I reported the Portage Route Chapter's work to help upgrade the Next Exit History data base for accessing via a mobile app. Well folks it works. Our work was with Historical Research Associates (HRA) to develop 5 Lewis and Clark sites kin the Great Falls area that would serve as a pilot program that would hopefully expand to include the entire trail and the Eastern Legacy. They have completed the pilot project. The Chapter Board viewed it and were all duly impressed with the work and the capabilities they had avail
The 5-site pilot program will be shown during the Foundation's annual meeting in Bismarck, ND July 28-31. HRA will have a vendor table and show the project there. They will also be taking part in the Saturday tourism workshop.
The technology resources available to help us record and promote Lewis and Clark has just barely been scratched across the surface. Virtual tours, integrated historical themes, multiple geographical settings, the list goes on and is only limited by our imaginations.
For a person who is keenly interested in many aspects of history and has spent 50 years with computers, these are exciting times.
I will provide greater details of how to access the app as we get better organized.
Phil Scriver is the author of this blog, along with co-editing this website.
He is a member of the Portage Route Chapter, Lewis and Clark Honor Guard, and the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. He has written several books on Lewis and Clark.