ONAWA, Iowa | The public is invited to help historians and re-enactors celebrate the 28th anniversary of the Lewis & Clark Festival on June 8-10 at Lewis & Clark State Park on Blue Lake near Onawa, Iowa.
The Corps of Discovery and other re-enactors will be joined by the Sergeant Floyd Honor Guard, which will have an encampment near the park's lodge, according to Bev Hinds, a Lewis and Clark historian from Sioux City.
The festival showcases what life was like for Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and their company as they traveled to the Pacific Northwest in the early 1800s.
Gary Moulton, a noted Lewis & Clark historian from Lincoln, will be the keynote speaker at 1 p.m. June 9.
“We will have people from across the country coming just to hear what Gary has to say,” Hinds said.
Moulton has had a distinguished career that includes consulting for filmmaker Ken Burns' 1997 documentary on Lewis and Clark, serving on the U.S. Mint's design selection committee for the Sacagawea dollar coin and editing 12 volumes of Lewis and Clark journals. He is a retired professor from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
He will talk about Sacagawea, the Shoshone woman who served as an interpreter and guide.
At 2 p.m. June 9, Donald “Skip” Meisner of Sioux City will talk about the rivers and tributaries the expedition encountered. At 3 p.m. June 9, Hinds will speak about the lesser known members of the expedition.