The annual "Point of Departure" event at the Lewis & Clark State Historic Site in Hartford is coming up this weekend, and more than 700 fourth graders will be on hand for the seventh annual education day on Friday. From 10am to 1:30pm, students from many area schools on both sides of the Mississippi River will be on hand to learn how the men of the Lewis & Clark Expedition prepared for their journey.
There will be activities for the public as well both Saturday and Sunday. Site Manager Brad Winn says it is important the kids have this opportunity to learn more about Lewis & Clark as, many schools' curriculum show their history classes beginning to study the westward expansion in the fourth grade.
He says there will be artisan demonstrating animal feeding, spinning, flax work, blacksmithing, broom making, and other traditional tasks. Outside activities run from 10am to 4pm both days. For more information, call 251-5811.