SIOUX CITY | Visitors can explore an 1804 living history camp replicating the Lewis and Clark expedition's stay in present-day Sioux City Aug. 19 and 20 during the annual Sergeant Floyd Memorial Encampment.
The event is named for Sgt. Charles Floyd, the only member of the Corps of Discovery to die during the journey. He died Aug. 20, 1804, near present-day Sioux City.
The grounds of the Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center on the riverfront will showcase authentic tents, camp equipment, uniforms and firearms like those used during the expedition.
Re-enactors with the Omaha-based Discovery Corps Inc. and local Sergeant Floyd Historical Guard will interact with visitors to bring the history of the encampment to life from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 19 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 20. Families can also participate in a scavenger hunt both days.
Saturday, children's activities will take place between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Local historian Bev Hinds will give a presentation called "Lesser-Known Members of the Expedition" at 2 p.m.
The Sergeant Floyd Burial Re-enactment Ceremony will take place 6 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of the Sergeant Floyd Monument. In full uniform, re-enactors will re-create Floyd's burial. Seating is limited, so the public is invited to bring lawn chairs.
The free events are sponsored by the Sioux City Public Museum and Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center.