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Manatee Chapter

Program on the Lewis and Clark Expedition

December 16, 2002


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The Manatee Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution held their Christmas luncheon at the Tara Golf and Country Club on Saturday, December 16th. The tables were decorated with red poinsettias and individual reindeer pins completed the table decorations. As each member arrived they were presented with a white carnation corsage which added to the festivities.


The program featured Mr. Ken Altergott who will be reenacting the Leis and Clark expedition in August of 2003. This will be the 200th anniversary of the United States purchase of the territory from the Mississippi River west to the Rocky mountains and from the Gulf of Mexico to British North America. Forty three men will trace the journey of Lewis and Clark. Mr. Altergott will be portraying Pvt. Alex Willard and a great- great grandson of William Clark will be portraying Clark. The reenactment will take three years to complete. During the winter months the men will be camped in reconstructed quarters along the way. Everything is authentic down to the exact construction of boats, clothing, weapons, cooking implements and etc. This exploration in 1803 would be the same magnitude of the United States sending a man to the moon in 1969. Much more of this undertaking will continue to be written in the papers but Mr. Altergott’s talk has brought it to life for our members.


Following his talk the members had a chance to ask questions a view the many pictures and artifacts he had brought. Of particular interest was the clothing he was wearing and the necessary articles he must carry for survival. We will be following with great interest this 2003-2006 reenactment. For more information go to the following webpage:



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