Captain Meriwether Lewis and his men will revisit the Augusta area on August 17, one day before Lewis’ 245th birthday. An exciting event commemorating Lewis’ visit to the area will be held in the Augusta American Legion Park, beginning at 11 a.m. and will be followed by a special presentation at the Augusta Museum at 4 p.m.
The Augusta Area Historical Society, a non-profit organization, is sponsoring the event along with the Lewis & Clark Honor Guard of the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation and the Portage Route Chapter of the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery. The event is free and will be very family friendly. There will be a barbeque in the park starting at 1:00 by the Western Bar, with part of the proceeds going to the Augusta Area Historical Society.
The Honor Guard will have many interesting, intriguing and unusual displays set up in the grassy, shaded area of the Legion Park. You will be able to scope out the navigational instruments used by the Corps. Find out what they ate and how they cooked it. Learn what medicines the men used when they got sick. There will be skinning and tanning demonstrations, and more. And, oh wow! The firearms used by the brave men of the Corps.
A closing ceremony will take place just before 4:00 and you will be able to see and hear those rifles one more time.
Immediately following the Honor Guard ceremony everyone is invited to the museum for a special history lesson from Captain Meriwether Lewis himself (aka Norman Anderson). The Augusta Area Historical Society will present a brief history of Augusta. Refreshments will be served.
On Sunday, August 18, a bus tour will be given for those who purchased tickets and they will be visiting some of the local sites where Lewis and his men ‘dined’, killed a white wolf and more. The tour will depart the museum at noon and return approximately by 5 p.m. Cost was only $20 per person and included a sack lunch!
Once back at the museum there will be birthday cake and other refreshments served. Everyone is welcome! Raffle prize drawings for four great prizes will be held. They include a 20x30 limited edition (#159 of 300) Gus Wolfe photo, titled ‘Vanishing Thunder’, framed in black walnut with maple inlay by Mike Bouchard (framed size is 31x42); a lariat basket with a horseshoe salt & pepper shaker holder, crafted & donated by Gerald and Connie Wearley; a hand carved leather elk picture, created by Will Snyder and donated by Kerry Bouchard and a ‘Roses in Montana’ quilt lovingly stitched and donated by Sherry Krueger Crepeau. Tickets are $5 each or 6 for $20.
For more information please call 406-562-3520, 406-562-3846, 406-562-3388 or 360-779-1238.