Herald JournalHerald Journal, Jan. 10, 2005

Former LP man to travel with Lewis & Clark exhibit

By Lynda Jensen

The adventure of a lifetime was handed to former Lester Prairie resident Trent Redfield recently, because he accepted a job with the National Park Service for the national Lewis and Clark travelling exhibit.

Redfield will be visiting 18 states in the western part of the US and the District of Columbia with the exhibit for the next two years.

Redfield’s time will be spent travelling, teaching, and talking to people about Lewis and Clark, American Indian peoples, the American West, the multiple meanings that the Corps of Discovery had to people at the time that the Lewis and Clark expedition took place, and what the corps means to people now, he said.

“My first big purchases were a laptop computer, cell phone, and digital camera. All of these will be used to keep in touch with friends and family, and to document this exciting time in my life,” Redfield said.

The exhibit, which is called “Corps of Discovery II: 200 Years to the Future,” marks the bicentennial of the Corps Of Discovery Lewis and Clark voyage.

The bicentennial started last year and continues until 2006, 200 years after the original explorers ended their three-year historic trip in 1806.

The exhibition opened January 2003 at Thomas Jefferson’s home in Monticello, near Charlottesville, Va.

President Jefferson sent the exploration, commanded by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, on a voyage of discovery to the Pacific Ocean in 1803.

The central part of the exhibit, which is free to the public, features a “Tent of Many Voices.” This is a 150-seat auditorium used for cultural arts demonstrations, folklore, music, living history presentations, readings from the expedition journals.

The exhibit provides a snapshot of time in the 1800s; of the different cultures, changing landscape and other information collected from the explorers.

Those interested in more information may go to www.nps.gov/lecl/CorpsII/Corps2.htm, which is the web site for the Corps of Discovery II travelling exhibit, or www.nps.gov/lecl/, which is the web site for the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail based in Nebraska.

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