Lewis and Clark, Mark Twain and the Civil War

Lewis and Clark noted St. Charles as the last “civilized” stop on their journey of Westward Expansion. Explore this historic setting on an in-depth adventure of learning and discovery.
Rating (4.8)
Program No. 7883RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

In the historic town of St. Charles, Missouri – where the Louis and Clark expedition began – learn about the area’s rich and fascinating history as you explore Civil War-era forts, parishes, courthouses and homes. Delve into the life of Mark Twain as you visit the Mark Twain Museum, take a cruise on a classic riverboat and learn from Mark Twain experts. Gain a deeper understanding of the Lewis and Clark expedition as expert historians tell their tale in the historic fort they embarked from. Finally, learn about Civil War history from inside a series of historically significant buildings, like the home of Ulysses S. Grant and explore how quilts played an integral part in the war.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Some stairs and walking 1-2 miles daily.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Step into the shoes of Mark Twain as you study in his hometown of Hannibal, visit his boyhood home, learn about his lifestyle and come to understand his passion for the Mississippi.
  • Learn about the Louisiana Purchase and westward expansion at the historic Camp Dubois, the final embarkation point for the Lewis and Clark expedition. Visit a replica of the vertical log church where many of the men went to church on the night before the journey left St. Charles.
  • Explore how Quilts played an integral part in the Civil War. View first hand authentic quilts of that time period.
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Andy Hahn
Andy is the Executive Director for the historical Campbell House. He helped plan and manage the exterior and interior restoration of the house, this included the evaluation and contracting the conservation of the collections. Working closely with the Board of Directors he developed a dynamic interpretation and education driven mission including, volunteer materials, programs and educational lesson plans.

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

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