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Brown Bag Breakfast: Remembering the Corps of Discovery

Montana State Parks

Wed Jul 18 15:58:00 MDT 2012

(Three Forks, MT) – Montana State Parks ( announced today:

What:    A Brown Bag Breakfast event remembering the Corps of Discovery’s arrival at the Missouri Headwaters.

When:    8:30 a.m., Friday, July 27.

Where: Missouri Headwaters State Park picnic area, 1585 Trident Road, Three Forks, Montana.

             The park is located four miles north of Three Forks, just off of Interstate 90.

Who:     Mike Jetty, Indian Education Specialist, Montana Office of Public Instruction in Helena.

Jetty, of the Spirit Lake Dakota people, will share information about the tribal nations that discovered Lewis and Clark and what that experience may have been like. His insights into the multiple perspectives on the Corps of Discovery at that time are based on recognized sources and delivered with a touch of his personal sense of irony and humor.

Songwriter Buck Buchanan will sing and play his original song, “Welcome Home Sacajawea.”
Three Forks Boy Scout Troop 523 will present the colors.

R.G. and Jackie Montgomery, of the Headwaters Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, will welcome visitors and read from the Lewis and Clark journals. Jim Sargent, also a member of the Headwaters Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, will speak about Sacagawea’s son Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, nicknamed Pomp, and about the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial cache recently placed at the Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport in Bozeman, Montana.

Please bring your own brown bag breakfast items. Park Manager Dave Andrus will use the Dutch oven to prepare a sampler of breakfast treats to round out the meal. The event is free of charge.

 The Brown Bag Breakfast remembers the 9 a.m., July 27, 1805 morning that Sacagawea, Captain Lewis and the Corps of Discovery arrived at the Missouri headwaters in dugout canoes. Just two days prior, Captain Clark and four expedition members traveled on foot through the three forks area. The two parties met at the headwaters and camped, hunted, and repaired clothing for three days. The Corps’ journals describe the beauty and bountiful resources that they enjoyed at this special place, now Missouri Headwaters State Park.

Contributors: Headwaters Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation; Office of Public Instruction; Singer/ Songwriter Buck Buchanan; Three Forks Boy Scout Troop 523; and Montana State Parks.

Missouri Headwaters State Park is a National Historic Landmark rich in Native American, Lewis and Clark, fur trade, and early settlement history. In the 2011 summer season (May- August) more than 13,300 people visited Missouri Headwaters State Park, a 34 percent increase over the year before.

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