The "Arrival at Camp River Dubois" 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. This festival commemorates that event in history.
The Expedition remained at the site through May 1804. It's a fully operational military camp, and Site Manager Brad Winn says interpreters will be showing off the weapons and even the medical practices that were used at the time.
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The anniversary celebration of Lewis & Clark's arrival in Illinois will take place this Saturday and Sunday, December 13 & 14 from 10am - 4pm at the Lewis & Clark State Historic Site along Illinois Route 3 in Hartford. It's free to attend both days. For more information, call 251-5811.