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Illinois' Lewis and Clark site plans festivities

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  • Merriweather Lewis and William Clark

      Merriweather Lewis and William Clark

 
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HARTFORD -- Illinois' Lewis and Clark State Historic Site is welcoming hundreds of children and guests as the state's celebrates the famous explorers' expedition anniversary later this month.

The events on May 9-11 at the site in south central Hartford include an education day, reenactments, crafts and period music and historic book sale.

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William Clark and his men arrived at what would become Camp River Dubois on December 12, 1803. The Corps of Discovery left the camp and formally began the expedition on May 14, 1804.

An education day for approximately 700 children will be held May 9.

The free Point of Departure events are open to the general public and scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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