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Adventures Online: Experience the Lewis & Clark Expedition

Follow the journey of Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and the Corps of Discoveries from Virginia to the Pacific, all without leaving home during this live, online learning adventure!
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Online Program

Adventures Online: Experience the Lewis & Clark Expedition

Follow the journey of Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and the Corps of Discoveries from Virginia to the Pacific, all without leaving home during this live, online learning adventure!
Length
5 days
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Program No. 24213 RJ
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In 1803, Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and their Corps of Discovery began the journey of a lifetime. Immerse yourself in the vast history and varied perspectives of the expedition during this inspiring online learning adventure with Lewis and Clark expert Jimmy Mohler. Expert-led lectures and presentations help you learn about the purpose and accomplishments of the expedition, get insight into the diverse group of people involved, and hear about the cooking techniques and music that would have been experienced by members of the Corps. Enjoy online field trips along the trail, virtually explore the rivers and streams that were transportation lifelines for the Corps, and get a first-hand look at the plants and animals that were first “discovered” by members of the group. Along the way, enjoy an opportunity to get to know your fellow Road Scholars as you experience your own journey of a lifetime – without ever leaving home!

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Explore the challenges and accomplishments of this iconic expedition and learn how their discoveries contributed to the advancement of disciplines such as cartography, ethnology, zoology, botany, and more.
  • Gain insight into the diverse team that made up the Corps of Discovery — which included a slave, a native woman and a baby — and consider how inclusion benefited the expedition.
  • Engage your senses as our leaders share the music, food, critters and more that were a part of daily life for members of the Corps.

General Notes

You’ll enjoy 2-3 hours of daily instruction, discussion and/or field trips, which includes sufficient breaks throughout the program. Please review the daily itinerary for start and end times to ensure you won’t miss a minute of this live experience. This online program is through Zoom, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. We’ll provide a how-to guide to make sure you’ll have a hassle-free experience. This session is offered live only and will not be available on demand.
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Jimmy Mohler
Jimmy has been serving Road Scholar on the Lewis & Clark Trail since 2016. She always lived on the trail, and her passion for the Corps of Discovery led her to become a seasonal ranger for the U.S. Government. Jimmy has traveled the world in her work, but is happiest traveling the Trail. She published a series of photos and notable Lewis quotes as a fundraiser for the Lewis & Clark Foundation. She lives in Kansas City, and is active in many teaching pursuits.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Jimmy Mohler View biography
Jimmy has been serving Road Scholar on the Lewis & Clark Trail since 2016. She always lived on the trail, and her passion for the Corps of Discovery led her to become a seasonal ranger for the U.S. Government. Jimmy has traveled the world in her work, but is happiest traveling the Trail. She published a series of photos and notable Lewis quotes as a fundraiser for the Lewis & Clark Foundation. She lives in Kansas City, and is active in many teaching pursuits.
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Jenny Peterson View biography
Jenny Peterson is a native Minnesotan who has lived there all but her college years in California. After working most of her life in local government, she realized retirement was not for her and now works part-time in the airline industry. With her husband of over 35 years, she has four children adopted from the Philippines. Now that her kids are older, she has the time to pursue her hobbies including bridge (who needs a 4th?) and leading Road Scholar programs, her favorite “job” ever!
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Michael Haynes View biography
Michael Haynes lives and paints high in the Rocky Mountains near Salida, Colorado. His paintings have won numerous awards including the Addys, the Communications Arts Show in Los Angeles and The Society of Illustrators Show in New York. Michael’s “Uniform and Dress of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery” paintings were selected as guides for the uniforms created for the National Geographic’s “Lewis and Clark” IMAX film production. The U.S Army Corps of Engineers, the National Park Service, the US Postal Service, Anheuser Busch and Miller Brewing as well as private collectors have commissioned his paintings.
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Cary Ginell View biography
Cary Ginell is a Grammy-nominated writer and music historian who has published 12 books on American music. After a 30-year career in public radio, where he produced documentaries and played music from his archive of historic recordings, he turned his attention to teaching and lecturing in both adult education courses and on cruise ships. Cary, who lives in Thousand Oaks, California, received his master’s degree in folklore from UCLA and currently is completing a term as president of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC).
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition: Volumes 2 – 11
by Gary Moulton
Available online without cost: https://lewisandclarkjournals.unl.edu/journals/contents
Lewis and Clark among the Indians
by James P. Ronda
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
by Stephen E. Ambrose
Letters of the Lewis and Clark Expedition with Related Documents 1783-1854, Second Edition
by Donald Jackson
The Journals of Lewis & Clark
by Bernard DeVoto
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5 days
DAY
1
Welcome, Expedition Art, Introductions, The Trail Today
From the comfort of your own home.

Activity note: Today’s session will begin at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time and end at 2:00 p.m.

Morning: 11:00 a.m. Welcome. Our Group Leader will greet everyone and provide an overview of the program and how our online sessions will work throughout the program. 11:45 a.m. Lecture. Alas, there was no photography 1804-1806, and no artist on the expedition. But the story has so fascinated artists over the years that it comes alive through their creativity. We will “journey” with artists from the period through current day to follow the expedition of Lewis and Clark, commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson.

Afternoon: 12:30 p.m. Break. 12:45 p.m. Virtual field trip. Let’s travel coast-to-coast as we follow in the footsteps of Meriwether Lewis. Starting at Monticello, then on to Washington DC, Philadelphia and other sites critical to the preparation for the journey. Moving on to Kentucky, where William Clark joined Lewis and his men with men Clark had recruited. Then on to the Pacific Ocean, viewing how communities commemorate the expedition today, how progress has impacted the trail, and what “scenes of visionary enchantment” can still be enjoyed as they were then. 1:30 p.m. Group discussion. We will focus on journals and letters from members of the Corps of Discovery. We will discuss what they tell us about history and prepare you for a bit of “unstructured coursework” for the evening. 1:55 p.m. Wrap-up and notes for tomorrow. 2:00 p.m. Today’s session will end.

DAY
2
The Human Story, Military Protocols
From the comfort of your own home.

Activity note: Today’s session will begin at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time and end at 2:00 p.m.

Morning: 11:00 a.m. Review of the day. 11:15 a.m. Lecture. The human story of the expedition includes encounters of mutual benefit and chaos. Among the “leaders and lads” were the captains and chiefs, expedition members and Native American hunters-warriors they encountered. The expedition’s intent was peaceful exploration. How did it play out?

Afternoon: 12:00 p.m. Group Discussion with Q&A. 12:30 p.m. Break. 12:45 p.m. Lecture. Artist and author Michael Haynes will join us to present on the forts and military protocols of the expedition. The Corps wintered in forts, and there were hundreds of nights camped along the rivers.Michael Haynes’ research and artistry helps us better understand the military protocols of the period and the adjustments necessary as the expedition faced unanticipated challenges. Is there any whiskey left? 1:30 p.m. Group discussion with Q&A. 1:55 p.m. Wrap-up and notes for tomorrow. 2:00 p.m. Today’s session will end.

DAY
3
Lives Lost & Saved, The Rivers “Talk”
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Activity note: Today’s session will begin at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time and end at 2:00 p.m.

Morning: 11:00 a.m. Review of the day. 11:15 a.m. Lecture. From the launch of the expedition in May 1804 to their triumphant return in September 1806, each day brought serious risk of debilitating conditions or loss of life. We will learn about a few of these disasters, diseases, and disputes.

Afternoon: 12:15 p.m. Group discussion with Q&A. 12:30 p.m. Break. 12:45 p.m. Virtual field trip. We will travel the rivers and streams that were the transportation lifelines of members of this expedition. They and other explorers of the time (and even today!) learn to listen to what the rivers have to say about appropriate next steps. 1:30 p.m. Group discussion with Q&A. 1:55 p.m. Wrap-up and notes for tomorrow. 2:00 p.m. Today’s session will end.

DAY
4
Expedition Discoveries, Critters & Natural Wonders
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Activity note: Today’s session will begin at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time and end at 2:00 p.m.

Morning: 11:00 a.m. Review of the day. 11:15 a.m. Lecture. We will learn about discoveries made during the expedition such as cartography, ethnology, zoology, botany, geography, and more. The journals of the expedition contributed mightily to the advancement of learning in this Age of Enlightenment.

Afternoon: 12:15 p.m. Group discussion with Q&A. 12:30 p.m. Break. 12:45 p.m. Virtual field trip. The destinations today are the nooks and crannies and the wide-open spaces that revealed animals, plants and landscapes never before experienced by members of the Corps. Will some be new to you too? 1:45 p.m. Group discussion with Q&A. 1:55 p.m. Wrap-up and notes for tomorrow. 2:00 p.m. Today’s session will end.

DAY
5
Expedition Scorecard, Race & Ethnicity, Musical Journey
From the comfort of your own home.

Activity note: Today’s session will begin at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time and end at 2:00 p.m.

Morning: 11:00 a.m. Review of the day. 11:15 a.m. Lecture. The Corps of Discovery consisted of soldiers and civilians including a slave, a native woman, and a baby. As a team, they pioneered inclusion and mutual respect long before such notions were widely accepted in this country. Given the race and gender issues of the current day, these pioneering ideas remain exceptionally important.

Afternoon: 12:00 p.m. Group discussion with Q&A. 12:30 p.m. Break. 12:45 p.m. Lecture. Today we will hear from Grammy-nominated writer and music historian, Cary Ginell, about the role that music played on the trail. We will hear some of these historic songs which were performed by Pierre Cruzatte, a riverman brought to the expedition for his navigational skills but who was also an accomplished fiddle player. 1:15 p.m. Group discussion with Q&A. Let's enjoy some farewell cocktails and discuss cooking with the Corps. Who among us is the French gourmet, the hunter, the one who can survive on hard tack and portable soup? 1:45 Wrap-up conversation and farewells. 2:00 p.m. This concludes our program.






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