In 1804, Thomas Jefferson sent his personal secretary, Meriwether Lewis, and former army lieutenant William Clark to survey the length of the Missouri River to see if an outlet to the Pacific Ocean could be found. Along the way, they were to study the plants, wildlife, geology and native tribes of the area. This "Corps of Discovery," which included young John Ordway of Hebron, NH, was the first American expedition to travel overland to the Pacific. The botanical collections made by the explorers, along with their detailed journal entries, have only recently been made available to the public.
In June of 2004, Dr. Janet Sullivan, adjunct faculty member in Plant Biology at UNH, traveled the same trail from St. Louis, MO, to Fort Clatsop, OR. Her trip will be the subject of "Journey of Discovery: A Botanist on the Trail of Lewis & Clark," on Monday, June 16, at 7 p.m. in the library's Klumpp Room. Her botanical travelogue will weave images of the landscape and its plant species, monuments and restored sites with entries from the journals.
We recommend reservations for this program, as seating is limited. Call 424-5021 or email to save a seat. The library is grateful to the UNH Speakers Bureau for this program.