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.
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Program No. 7883RJ
6 days
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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.
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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.
  • Live out Civil War history as you become the judge and jury of the Dred Scott case in the Old Courthouse where it took place.
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Jim Erwin
A native of Missouri, Jim Erwin has practiced law in St. Louis for more than 36 years. A graduate of Missouri State University, Jim served in the U.S. Army and later obtained an M.A. in history and a J.D. from the University of Missouri. He is the author of “Guerrillas in Civil War Missouri,” as well as two other books which complete a trilogy on the Civil War and the experience of civilians who had to carry on with life while living in the middle of its battles.
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Andy Hahn
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