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February 2012—Marquette University Libraries is hosting a traveling exhibition on Lewis and Clark from March 14 to April 27, 2012. Based on original documents in the rich Native American collections of the Newberry Library and other institutions, the exhibit examines Lewis and Clark's 1804 to 1806 expedition to the Pacific Ocean and its encounter with more than 50 native tribes along the way. Marquette is the 23rd and final library selected to host the traveling exhibition, which was organized in 2007 at the Newberry Library, co-sponsored by the American Library Association's Public Programs Office, and made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will be located in the lobby of the John P. Raynor, S.J., Library at 1355 W. Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Milwaukee during all library hours. In conjunction with the exhibit, organizers have scheduled several public programs at Raynor Library, each beginning at 4:30 p.m. More information on the events and lecturers will be found by following the link for each speaker:

February 7 (Tuesday). Brenda Child (Associate Professor of American Studies and American Indian Studies, University of Minnesota) "Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community." Raynor Library Conference Center

March 29 (Thursday). Frederick E. Hoxie (Professor of History, University of Illinois) "Getting a Bicentennial Right: Who Cares?" This official kick-off lecture for the exhibit will be held in the Prucha Archives Reading Room (Raynor Library 3rd floor) and followed by a public reception for the traveling exhibit.

April 25 (Wednesday). Herman J. Viola (Curator Emeritus, Smithsonian Institution) "The View From the River Bank." Raynor Library Conference Center

To facilitate further reading about Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery, the Libraries have prepared a research guide with books, articles, maps, teaching materials, and more. More details about the exhibit, lectures, library hours, and parking are found here. All programs are free and open to the public. The exhibit requires no prior arrangement; for the lectures, members of the public without a Marquette ID should telephone the library archives to pre-register: (414) 288-7256.

"Lewis & Clark and the Indian Country: Two Hundred Years of American History" was organized by the Newberry Library, Chicago, in partnership with the American Library Association. The traveling exhibition is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: great ideas brought to life. Other major funding has come from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Sara Lee Foundation is the lead corporate sponsor; Ruth C. Ruggles and the National Park Service provided additional support.


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