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"John Plucknett was present from the B.U.I.L.D. Committee to request the city change its name to “Lewis & Clarkville” for events to be held in Louisville. He said the competition for sites of these events was very high, and he felt the gimmick of the name change helped Louisville win. The Humanities Council is putting on these events and B.U.I.L.D. is hosting these presentations on the four consecutive Tuesdays in July. Mayor Pankonin checked with Roger regarding the legalities and was told you can’t actually change the name of the city, but you can have a proclamation to say the city “shall be referred to as….” A document was prepared stating: Let it be proclaimed, that on July 6, July 13, July 20 and July 27, the City of Louisville shall be referred to as “Lewis & Clarkville”. Mueller moved, Smisek seconds to approve the proclamation. Ayes – 3, nays – none. Motion carried. "

From City Council Meeting Minutes, June 9, 2004



Changed Lives: Lewis and Clark Meet the West

“Navigating our Passages”

A presentation of the Missouri Humanities Council in partnership with the Nebraska humanities Council and BUILD - Businesspersons United In Louisville’s Development, in observance of the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Tuesday evenings in July 2004
at 7:00 pm

Lewis and Clarkville
Louisville Senior Center
423 Elm Street
Louisville, Nebraska


Tuesday, July 6, 2OO4

Lewis and Clark Meet the Otoe and Missouria People

Presented by: Matthew “Sitting Bear” Jones


Wahtohtana hedan Nyut  achi mahin Xanje akipa (Otoe and Missouria Meet Big Knives)

This program examines the first and second meetings that Lewis and Clark held with the Otoe-Missouria nation. Through the Otoe-Missouria nation’s oral history this program examines the perceptions they had of these new wan sige ska (white people). It also looks at the historical repercussions that the Otoe-Missouria experienced after this first contact and what the tribe thinks about this historical meeting today.

In this presentation, Matthew Jones tells of the historical meeting of Lewis & Clark’s Corps of Discovery and the first Native nations to be contacted west of the Mississippi. Learn the Otoe and Missouria side of the encounter. Hear their words and thoughts about the historic first meeting at Council Bluffs and the very little-known second meeting just south of Sioux City between the Wah-do-da-hay-da-Nu-dar-chee and the Mahehunjeh (Big Knives).

Matthew Jones has developed many programs as a lecturer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, including “Native American Religious Belief System,” “How to Teach about the Native American,” and “Legal Aspects on Native-American Intellectual Property Rights.” Mr. Jones has acted as a television script consultant on “Ishi, the Last Yahi” and “The Way to Rainy Mountain,” as well as many others. He also served as a consultant for Dances with Wolves. His teaching concentration is in multicultural education, and Mr. Jones was awarded the Indian Faculty Person on the Year by the Big XII Native American Student Conference in 2002.

Matthew Jones talks about the Otoe and Missouria side of the encounter with the Expedition. He will present their thoughts about the historic meeting at Council Bluffs and about the first contact with Native nations west of the Mississippi. This presentation blends both history and culture.


Tuesday. July 13. 2004

Celebrating Lewis and Clark at the 1904 World’s Fair

Presented by: Thomas Prasch

St. Louis marked the centennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition by hosting a world’s fair. The “streets of Cairo,“ ragtime piano tunes, and ethnographic exhibitions were quite popular as visitors flocked to the fair. But what about the centennial celebration? Find out how and why Lewis and Clark’s journey got lost in the shuffle.

Thomas Prasch is an assistant professor and chairs the history department at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas where he has been teaching since 1997. He received his Ph.D. in history from Indiana University and his master’s degree from the University of Nebraska. 
Dr. Prasch’s research specialties include Victorian England and film history, among other things. He joined the Kansas Humanities Council Speakers Bureau in 2001.


Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Wildlife of the Expedition

Presented by: Debra Hiebert

The Corps of Discovery explored not only the land, but the wild inhabitants of a vast and wonderful wilderness. Discover some of the unique creatures encountered by the Lewis and Clark Expedition through artifacts, readings, and more. Many things to see and touch.

Debra has presented interpretive programs for over 18 years in history, natural history, environmental education, horticulture, and culinary arts, including 1st-person interpretation.

-Specialties include American Indian Cultures (Southern Plains and Missouri River regions, Fur Trade through Indian Wars period), prairie ecology, midwestern wildlife and gardening for wildlife.

-Past employment includes Botanica, The Wichita Gardens; Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks; Missouri Department of Conservation; and Rock Springs 4-H Center.

-Contract programs for museums; local, state, and federal sites; schools; professional organizations; and workshops for teachers and other interpreters.

-Member of National Association for Interpretation.

-Co-owner/operator of Bear Paw Traders, providing period reproductions of clothing, weapons, "household” items, horsegear, boats, and anything else needed for Fur Trade through Indian Wars period.


Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Medical Theory and Practices of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

Presented by: Robert H. Dorian

This presentation delves into the medical theory and practices of the early 1800s and explores how they affected the medical treatments of the members of the Corps of Discovery. The presentation will include a selection of period medical equipment similar to that taken on the Expedition.

Mr. Robert H. Dorian is affiliated with the Frontier Army Museum of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He is a social historian and experimental archaeologist specializing in the exploration of the Louisiana Purchase and the territory acquired from Mexico in 1848.


“The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded the Missouri Humanities Council a grant to support a four-state rural program initiative called "Changed Lives: Lewis and Clark Meet The West." Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the participating state Humanities Councils.”



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