Today’s session will begin at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time and end at 2:00 p.m.
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. 11:30 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.
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. 1:45 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.