Captain Meriwether Lewis and his friend, Second Lieutenant William Clark led a select group of U.S. Army volunteers west from Missouri in 1804, across the Continental Divide all the way to the Pacific Ocean, and back again to St. Louis. President Jefferson commissioned the Expedition, with the initial objective of exploring the vast territory acquired with the Louisiana Purchase. Mr. Jordan offers us an overview of the three stages of the epic journey: from St. Louis to a wintering in the Mandan Villages of North Dakota; from the Mandan Villages to the Pacific; and then, after a wintering on the Pacific shore, the journey back to St. Louis. The Expedition is a great adventure story, and it’s also an event rich in historical, scientific, and political significance for the young American republic. Let OLLI and Mr. Jordan show you why.
This lecture will take place at Lake Park, 1850 Alice Street, Oakland, CA 94612.