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Lewis & Clark Activities in August

Post Date:08/04/2017 12:03 PM
Explore an 1804 living-history camp replicating the Lewis and Clark expedition’s stay in present-day Sioux City at the annual Sergeant Floyd Memorial Encampment on August 19 and 20. This year’s commemoration coincides with the actual date of Sgt. Charles Floyd’s death on August 20, 1804. Floyd was the only member of the Corps of Discovery to die during the journey. 

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 will interact with visitors to bring the history of the encampment to life on Saturday, August 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, August 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A new addition to the commemoration is a scavenger hunt available for families both days.

On Saturday, children's activities will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Local historian Bev Hinds will give the presentation, “Lesser Known Members of the Expedition” at 2 p.m. 

The Sergeant Floyd Burial Re-enactment Ceremony will be held on Saturday at 6 p.m. on the grounds of the Sergeant Floyd Monument. Re-enactors in full-dress uniform will re-create the burial of the only member of the expedition to die during their journey. The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs because seating is limited.

The long-time historical re-enactors are with the Omaha-based Discovery Corps, Inc. and the local Sergeant Floyd Honor Guard.

The free events are sponsored by the Sioux City Public Museum and Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center. For more information, contact the Welcome Center at 712-279-0198 or visit
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