at Townsend in the Glacier-Yellowstone corridor of Western Montana on
the upper Missouri River (map),
Crimson Bluffs Chapter of the Lewis and
Clark Trail Heritage Foundation preserve the legacy of the Corps of
Discovery Expedition in our area.
through this broad
valley in 1805, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark remarked
upon its beauty. More than two centuries later, visitors can share
the experience of the Big Belt Mountain range, often
snowcapped throughout the year— hanging like an
“amphitheater” above the green and gold Missouri
of the sights
noted in the Corps of Discovery’s journals were submerged
during the creation of the Canyon Ferry Reservoir (Montana’s
most-visited body of water); others lie on private land.
But the river is
easily floated during most summers and
navigable by motor boat spring through fall, giving visitors a unique
and personal taste of the Lewis and Clark Trail.
the only place named for York!
Lewis Journal — July 24, 1805
a remarkable bluff of crimson coloured earth on Starboard intermixed
with Stratas of black and brick red slate.”
The Corps of
and Food for Thought
from the unique prospective of
DR. STEPHEN SYLVESTER:
doctorate in American History and Journalism
to the Public
Historic Canton Church
PM- Friday, June 8, 2018
more information, please call 980-1510
Dr. Stephen Sylvester is a former Board member of the Minnesota
Committee for the Humanities and Humanities Montana, and a current
member of the Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau and Speakers in
Schools. Dr. Sylvester holds a doctorate in American History and
Journalism from the University of North Dakota. He has
at MSU Northern, Peru State College, Nebraska, the University of
Minnesota Crookston, and the University of Hawaii and Alaska to name a
He has conducted more than 80 field trips along the Lewis and Clark
Trail, and has traveled extensively as he studied social, political,
and econmonic changes in China.
Dr. Sylvester is sponsored by The Crimson Bluffs Chapter of the Lewis
and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation and a generous grant
Humanities Montana. For more information about Humanities Montana click
The Corps of Discovery:
Tomahawks, Rifles and Food for Thought
The Lewis and Clark Expedition travelled up the Missouri River across
Montana, Idaho, and Washington, to the Pacific Ocean and back in one of
America’s best-known and least understood adventures.
What did the Corps of Discovery actually accomplish? What did the
expedition mean to Americans at the time and later? What specific
activities were important then that are less important now? How has
technology affected such things as weapons, travel, food, and
Participants engage in a lively discussion of what the journey was
actually like and what its successes and failures were and are.