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Noted historian Donald Jackson described Lewis and Clark as “the writingest” explorers of their time. It is simply amazing that a significant amount of their journals survived the explorations across the North American continent from 1803 to 1806. However, the task to organize those journal notes into a comprehensive report also proved to be a challenge that eventually took longer than the expedition itself.

This report documents another lengthy journey—and in a more timely manner. That journey is the one taken by the dedicated people who organized the 200th anniversary commemoration of Lewis and Clark’s journeys through what is now known as the state of Nebraska.

With this report the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission describes its activities and reflects upon how the State of Nebraska’s overall investment was quadrupled into over $2 million dollars worth of heightened awareness and appreciation of our local heritage that includes the story of Lewis and Clark and the indigenous nations they encountered. Over 100,000 Nebraska citizens and visitors, hundreds of classrooms (including Native American students) were able to participate in a series of educational and entertaining events and programs from 2003 through 2006 with absolutely no admission charges.

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