Encountering grizzly bears and collecting soil samples, capturing prairie dogs and hunting for antelope, Lewis catalogued 122 new animal species and 178 new plants. In this original performance Lewis sings the praises of the geology, diverse flora and fauna, and the web of life that binds us to the land. The expedition was first and foremost a scientific expedition and this program brings the scientific process to life. This presentation is a compelling portrayal that reveals Lewis not only as a brilliant commander, dedicated scientist, consummate frontiersman and savvy businessman, but also as a troubled soul. You’ll laugh – you’ll be challenged – you’ll have lots of questions. And Meriwether Lewis will answer them.
This exciting evening will begin with music, light refreshments, and a presentation from a Young Chautauqua scholar, and will conclude with the announcement of the theme and character line-up for High Plains Chautauqua 2023!