Beginning Saturday, “living history encampments” of Lewis & Clark enthusiasts will be at Heartland of America Park.
Members of the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, in association with their annual meeting in Omaha and surrounding areas, will be in the park on the east edge of downtown Omaha. The foundation promotes public education.
The park has been home this summer to many ducks and geese and has not been affected adversely by the flooding of the Missouri River, which is separated from the park by railroad tracks.
This week in 1804, Lewis & Clark and the Corps of Discovery were in the present-day Omaha area. Heartland of America Park and the adjacent Lewis & Clark Landing and Miller’s Landing have permanent educational displays about the expedition.
“Encampments” was a word used by journal writers of the expedition. July 22-26 in 1804 the Corps of Discovery camped about four miles from the Western Historic Trails Center, across the river from present-day Bellevue, Neb.
On July 27, 1804, perhaps at present-day Lewis & Clark Landing adjacent to Heartland of America Park, a deer was shot according to the journal of Captain William Clark.
On July 28, 1804, expedition member George Drouillard, while hunting, met a member of the Missouri tribe. Read here the July 28 journals (and also find journals for other dates) edited by Gary E. Moulton.
Moulton, editor of the University of Nebraska’s online Lewis and Clark journals, is a member of the foundation.
According to a Daily Nonpareil article by Tim Johnson, the foundation will operate the camp at the park through August 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and present educational lectures there.
See the foundation’s agenda for its 43rd annual meeting here.