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Boonville Daily News - Boonville, MO
  • Lewis & Clark Expedition puts on demonstrations at Katy Depot

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  • The Lewis and Clark Discovery Expedition of St. Charles made a stop in Boonville on their way back from training new volunteers in Nebraska. The living history presentation of the Lewis and Clark Discovery Expedition was sponsored by the Boonville Tourism Commission. The living history display was set up on the grounds of the Katy Depot.
    During their stop to Boonville, the group set up tents and showed the area school children and the public what life was like in 1804. Re-enactors dressed in period clothing showed how fires were started, told of the medicine of the turn of the 19th century, demonstrated different forms of weaponry and explained the Keelboat that took Lewis and Clark up the river. Some volunteers were dressed up in authentic period U.S. Army uniform. The setup on the grounds was of a typical military camp.
    Chairman Larry Kluesner said that the group has over 200 volunteers that participate in events such as the one in Boonville. He said that their goal is to portray living history to the youth so that they may become more interested in history. Kluesner oversees all duties in St. Charles with the group.
    "The importance of history must be carried on," Kluesner said.
    Kluesner also said that the group includes two great great great grandsons of William Clark.
    The public was also invited to view the keelboat at Franklin Island.
    Their stop in Boonville was one of many on their way back to St. Charles. Today the group will be in Jefferson City portraying living history.

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