Capt. Meriwether Lewis and his men will revisit the Augusta area on Aug. 17, one day before Lewis’ 245th birthday.
An exciting event commemorating Lewis’ visit to the area will be held in the Augusta American Legion Park, beginning at 11 a.m. and will be followed by a special presentation at the Augusta Museum at 4 p.m.
The Augusta Area Historical Society, a nonprofit organization, is sponsoring the event along with the Lewis and Clark Honor Guard and the Portage Route Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation.
The family-friendly event is free. There will be a barbeque in the park starting at 1 p.m. by the Western Bar, with part of the proceeds going to the Augusta Area Historical Society.
The Honor Guard will have many interesting, intriguing and unusual displays set up in the grassy, shaded area of the Legion Park. Those attending will be able to scope out the navigational instruments used by the Corps and find out what they ate and how they cooked it. The Honor Guard will teach what medicines the men used when they got sick, and what firearms the brave men of the Corps used. There will be skinning and tanning demonstrations, and more.
A closing ceremony will take place just before 4 p.m. to see and hear the rifles one more time.
Immediately following the Honor Guard ceremony, everyone is invited to the museum for a special history lesson from Capt. Meriwether Lewis himself (also known as Norman Anderson). The Augusta Area Historical Society will present a brief history of Augusta. Refreshments will be served.
On Sunday, Aug. 18, a bus tour will be given for those who purchased tickets to visit some of the local sites where Lewis and his men dined, killed a white wolf and more. The tour will depart the museum at noon and return approximately by 5 p.m. Cost is only $20 per person and includes a sack lunch.
Once back at the museum, there will be birthday cake and other refreshments served. Everyone is welcome.
Raffle prize drawings for four prizes including a 20”x30” limited edition (159 of 300) Gus Wolfe photo, titled “Vanishing Thunder,” framed in black walnut with maple inlay by Mike Bouchard (frame size is 31”x42”), a lariat basket with a horseshoe salt and pepper shaker holder, crafted and donated by Gerald and Connie Wearley, a hand-carved leather elk picture, created by Will Snyder and donated by Kerry Bouchard, and a “Roses in Montana” quilt lovingly stitched and donated by Sherry Krueger Crepeau. Tickets for the raffle items are $5 each or six for $20.
For more information please call 562-3520, 562-3846, 562-3388 or 360-779-1238.