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Meeting to Discuss Addition of Local Lewis and Clark Center to National Historic Trail

The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Special Resource Study to discuss the potential addition of “Eastern Legacy” sites
The National Park Service will conduct a Public Planning Meeting

The Keel Boat Barn at Darden Towe Park

Thursday, December 9, 2010

At 4 p.m. there will be a groundbreaking for the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center.
At 5 p.m. the National Park Service will hold a public hearing.
There will be period refreshments offered, also.

The hearing offers an opportunity to tell the NPS about our community's interest in our history.
BACKGROUND – During the months of November and December, the National Park Service (NPS) is inviting the public to participate in a series of public meetings across 5 states and the District of Columbia to discuss the potential addition of “Eastern Legacy” sites to the existing Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail (NHT). 

The NPS is conducting a Special Resource Study to assess the suitability and feasibility of extending the Lewis and Clark NHT to include “Eastern Legacy” sites associated with the preparation and return phases of the historic Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery expedition.

The Lewis and Clark NHT was established as one of America’s first National Historic Trails in 1978 to identify and protect the historic route(s) and the historic remnants and artifacts of the 1804-1806 Corps of Discovery Expedition led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. The existing Trail begins at Wood River, Ill., and extends approximately 3,700 miles to the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon and Washington following the historic expedition route(s). (see

The “Eastern Legacy” sites are located in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Missouri, Illinois, and the District of Columbia, and include the travel routes followed by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, whether independently or together, prior to and after the 1804-1806 expedition. Once the study is completed, Congress will make the final determination of what, if any, action it will take regarding an extension of the existing Trail.

The NPS is seeking input from the public on places in their state that are important to telling the Lewis and Clark expedition story and potential visitor experiences and partnerships along the potential addition to the Trail at the Clarksville meeting and 8 other scheduled meetings.

Meetings will be structured as listening sessions and will include a formal presentation followed by a question and answer session and informal open house where staff will be available to answer questions and record comments. Public involvement is a critical part of the planning process and there will be several opportunities for public comment as the project progresses. The purpose of this first set of meetings is to obtain public input regarding future visions for the Trail.

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