July 2 - Lewis & Clark Center (by Madison)

Trip Start Jun 02, 2011
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Trip End Sep 25, 2011


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Walmart, Bismarck, North Dakota
What I did
Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, North Dakota

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

(Posted by Madison)

Today I woke up and ate breakfast.  We then went from Jamestown, North Dakota to the Lewis and Clark Museum in Washburn, North Dakota.  It took about 2 hours to get there.

When we arrived we saw a statue of Lewis and Clark and their dog Seaman, standing with an Indian.  When we got in we bought tickets to get into the museum.  We started by watching a introduction movie on Lewis and Clark, and their expedition.  I learned that Lewis and Clark started their expedition after the Louisiana purchase, when Thomas Jefferson bought land west of the Mississippi River from France and commissioned them to see if there was a water passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans. These two were commissioned because Lewis was Thomas Jefferson's secretary, and Clark was Lewis' good friend and an explorer.

After the movie, we went into a room to learn about small pox.  Small pox is a very contiguous disease that came from Europe, and it effected Lewis and Clark because they brought the disease to Indian tribes.   It was so deadly that it wiped out entire tribes.  As I read this, I was feeling sorry for the Indians, but I was also happy that we now have vaccinations because a little shot is so much better than getting a disease like Small Pox.

Next, we saw a clothing demonstrations where we learned abut what the people at that time wore and ate.  At the end of the demonstration, I got to try on the kind of cloths that Lewis and Clark had to wear.  I got dressed in a hunting outfit, Emma got dressed in a everyday cloths, and Katelyn got dressed in a winter outfit. The cloths were very uncomfortable and everything was so heavy because of all of the equipment that they had to carry.  I also learned that they had to eat 8 pounds of meat every day, and I thought that it was very unhealthy.

Lastly, we went into a room full of pictures that an artist named George Catlin painted while he was staying with the Indian tribes to see what they were like.  My favorite picture was of an Indian going into Washington D.C.  He was very scared.   However, the Indian came out with confidence wearing with an American uniform, hat, and a smoke pipe. 

I had a great day at the Lewis and Clark Museum. 

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