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Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Corps of Discovery Archive Weblog Launched

Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Corps of Discovery Archive Weblog Launched

The Bicentennial Corps Archive Weblog provides a place for persons to enter their journals and records on line as they commemorate the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 200 years ago.

(PRWEB) May 23, 2004

Portland, OR (May 21, 2004) The Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Corps of Discovery Archive (BCA) announced today the launching of the BCA Weblog in commemoration of the launching of the famous expedition. After leaving the winter camp near Wood River, Illinois on May 14, 1804 Clark met up with Lewis in St Charles, Missouri and it was from here that the expedition was launched on May 21, 1804.

The BCA Weblog is located on the Archive website at www. bicencorpsarchive. com. The BCA Weblog provides space for persons traveling the trail to enter their daily records and journals as part of the Bicentennial Corps Archive as they travel or after they get home. Persons living along the trail or have information pertinent to Lewis and Clark and the many tribes they met are welcome to submit their writings to the Archive.

The BCA Weblog is part of the Archive developed to encourage people from throughout the country to use the Bicentennial as an inspiration to travel and educate themselves about a different time and place. To use the Weblog, users merely need to go to the BCA Website and register to be a member of the Bicentennial Corps of Discovery.

“Journal and record keeping by the Corps of Discovery were an important part of the Lewis and Clark expedition,” said Faith E. Ruffing, President, Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Corps of Discovery Archive. “I envision a Bicentennial Corps of Discovery made up of families, couples, retirees, groups, lone travelers following the trail and meeting descendents of the Tribal nations and the many other nations that followed the trail and settled in the Missouri and Columbia Basins. This modern-day Corps of Discovery would also keep journals and records of their adventures and observations for posterity. The Lewis and Clark expedition had all of the latest equipment of the time to document their trip and, similarly, the BCA Weblog provides the most modern recording device of this time, the Internet.”

Bicentennial Corps members can go online and enter information in their personal journal and record or read entries from other members in the BCA Weblog. A hard copy of the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Corps of Discovery Journal and Record Book, designed for people to record their observations as they travel, much as Lewis and Clark did, is available online at the BCA website.

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About Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Corps of Discovery Archive

The Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Corps of Discovery Archive (Bicen Corps Archive) was established in 2001 by Faith E. Ruffing of Sun Mountain Reflections to provide a means of recording and archiving the Journal and Records of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Corps of Discovery (Bicentennial Corps). The Bicentennial Corps are all persons traveling or living along the path of the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804 to 1806 in the 21st century that keep journals and register with the Bicen Corps Archive.

The Lewis and Clark Expedition kept journals and records of its travels and discoveries of the peoples, the land, the wildlife, the weather and their thoughts. These records provide a glimpse of history over a very large part of the United States and set the stage for the meeting and greeting of the peoples of the U. S. and the Nation Tribes of the territory. Similarly, the interaction and discoveries made by the Bicentennial Corps of Discovery would be recorded and archived for future centennial generations to have a glimpse of what it was like in the 21st century. Journal and record keeping is an important part of understanding the impact of decisions made in the Missouri and Columbia basins since Lewis and Clark made their trek. The observations and communications of the Bicentennial Corps of Discovery can be shared with others so that a peaceful dialogue will ensue.

The Bicen Corps Archive provides a structure to house these writings. Persons register as a member of the Bicentennial Corps of Discovery in one or more of the following ways:

  • As an individual or group of travelers
  • As a basin history journalist
  • As a business or organization hosting an event along the trail
  • As author or artist of works pertinent to the commemoration