The "Point of Departure" activities at the Lewis & Clark State Historic Site in Hartford will be held this weekend.  On January 18, 1803, President Thomas Jefferson proposed the first official government expedition to explore the vast unknown lands west of the Mississippi River.  Lewis & Clark stopped on the land now known as the Riverbend about a year later.

The activities begin both Saturday and Sunday at 10am, and run both days until 4pm.  Reenactors portray expedition members and display the lifestyle of people who lived on the frontier.  Site Manager Brad Winn says there will be familiar activities as well as some new attractions.

Winn comments

Hundreds of fourth graders are attending Education Day today, learning how to fold a flag, starting a fire with flint and steel, making rope, making bead necklaces, and making a candle to take home.  The weekend's events are free and open to the public.  For more information about this weekend's activities, call 251-5811.

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