About the Southern Region
The region was created in late 2021 when the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation reorganized its structure into regions. The Southern Prairie Region covers six states: Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and southwestern Illinois.
At the time of restructuring, some smaller chapters decided to dissolve while other chapters remained in existence within their region and sometimes hold events primarily for members in their chapter areas.
The new Southern Prairie Region includes two already existing chapters: the Greater St. Louis Chapter and the Missouri-Kansas Riverbend Chapter in northwest Missouri and eastern Kansas.
The Trail Heritage Foundation’s membership structure was revised, too. Now, every paid member is automatically a member of the national organization and chooses which home region she or he wants to be assigned to. For a small extra fee, a member can become assigned to other regions in addition to the person’s home region. Click here to learn about membership.
With the Southern Prairie Region as the region of your choice, you will receive quarterly newsletters about activities in the region, as well as invitations to in-person events and Zoom talks, and other information specific to the region as well as the entire Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage organization. You will learn about the most important expedition in our nation’s history and the many educational and tourist opportunities along the 4,900-mile Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.
Most importantly, you will meet great people whose dedication and commitments to telling the story of the 1803-06 expedition are boundless!
Enjoy learning about Lewis and Clark and experiencing the trail. For more information or to offer suggestions, please send an email to SouthernPrairie@LewisandClark.org.
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Join us for fun social time on June 17
You’re invited to a fun social event on Saturday, June 17, at 3 p.m. at Terzo Mare Restaurant, 4105 N. Mulberry Dr., Kansas City, Mo. This will be a great time to catch up with your Lewis and Clark friends and make new ones. Please bring along guests to acquaint them with the comradery among folks interested in the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
If you have questions (or just would like to say hello), please use this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. For planning purposes, we’d appreciate an RSVP from you.
Here's a fun, educational event for you on July 22
Here is an event you’ll enjoy and learn from: Bob Webster, co-author of Lewis and Clark by Air, will give a Saturday, July 22 presentation about his journey and photographs taken during the Missouri River portion of his tour of Lewis and Clark sites along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. Bob’s talk will begin at 3 p.m. in the Logan Conference Room at the Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th St, Overland Park, Kansas.
Bob and his brother Mike began their aerial photography expedition in 2022 in their homebuilt airplane. Their goal was to document the Lewis and Clark Expedition’s route to the Pacific coast. Their book has more than 500 pages and 350 excerpts from the journals written by Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and other expedition members.
Bob’s talk will begin at 3 p.m. in the Logan Conference Room at the Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th St, Overland Park, Kansas.
If you have questions about either event (or just to say hello), please use this email address: email@example.com. For planning purposes, we’d appreciate an RSVP from you.
Calendar of Lewis and Clark events nationwide
Click here for the calendar of Lewis and Clark events nationwide through August. Please share with your friends.
The artwork shown here, “Final Inspection,” is by Steve Ludeman. It depicts the final boat check before the expedition left Pittsburgh. It is one in a series of paintings that Steve is doing about the expedition's time in the Eastern Legacy. See more about Steve in the calendar.
Stroll through history at William Clark's gravesite
Here is a fun article about Jerry Garrett, who for decades has volunteered to give tours of William Clark’s gravesite in St. Louis. Learn about Jerry, as well as Clark’s life after the expedition. The article is posted on LewisandClarkNew.com, the blog for the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. Jerry is a long-time member of the organization. Click on this link to read the article: https://wp.me/paIy0X-OW
Video: Watercraft of Lewis and Clark
Watch this video to learn about the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the watercraft of western exploration and exploitation from the 1790s to 1840s. The talk was given by Lewis and Clark expert John Fisher. John’s talk aired on Zoom on March 21, 2021, and was hosted by the Missouri-Kansas Riverbend Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trial Heritage Foundation. To learn more about the nonprofit organization: lewisandclark.org. Introductions in the video were given by Dan Sturdevant and Yvonne Kean of the Riverbend Chapter. To find out about future monthly Zoom talks, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Click this link to watch the video: https://youtu.be/AqR0b6nrYZM
Furs, Land and Sewing Needles
Watch Chris Hodges, author of “Colter’s West Wind,” give an informative and entertaining talk on the topic of “Furs, Land and Sewing Needles on the Frontier” and how the Lewis and Clark Expedition was at the forefront of opening the frontier for future development. His talk was sponsored by the Missouri-Kansas Riverbend Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. Click here to watch the video…
Muddy Water and Whiskey
Read this article to find out about Lewis and Clark's time in the Kansas City area. Interviewed: Dan Sturdevant, chairperson of the Missouri-Kansas Riverbend Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. Click here to read...
Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation
Missouri-Kansas Riverbend Chapter
208 N.W. 44th Street
Kansas City, MO 64116
816-679-5925 | dan@LewisAndClarkKC.org