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Here is a sampling of events being held in Kentucky in celebration of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial.

Spirit of the Land film and “Men of Discovery” exhibit, ongoing; “Lewis and Clark: The Adventure Begins” exhibit and “Boats of the Lewis and Clark Expedition” photo exhibit beginning October 1, Falls of the Ohio State Park Interpretive Center, Clarksville, Indiana, (812) 280-9970, www.fallsoftheohio.org

“Lewis and Clark: The Exploration of the American West, 1803-1806” exhibit, Filson on Main, 626 W. Main St., Louisville, ongoing through 2004, (502) 635-5083 or (502) 566-0084, www.filsonhistorical.org

“Tours of Historic Locust Grove,” ongoing, (502) 897-9845, www.locustgrove.org

“Plants of Lewis and Clark” exhibit, Carnegie Center for Art and History, New Albany, Indiana, through September 6, (812) 944-7336

“Lewis and Clark +200: Relive the Adventure” Kentucky State Fair exhibit, Louisville, August 14-24, (502) 367-5005

“Lewis and Clark by the Stars” planetarium show, Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium, Louisville, September 9-November 26 (photo exhibit until November 2), (502) 852-6664, www.louisville.edu/planetarium

Bird Woman: The Story of Sacagawea play for school groups, Stage One Children’s Theater, Louisville, September 14-November 7, 800-989-5946, www.stageone.org

“Lewis and Clark on the Trail of Discovery” exhibit designed for ages 5-11, Highlands Museum and Discovery Center, 1620 Winchester Ave., Ashland, through December 19, (606) 329-8888, www.highlandsmuseum.com; “Corps of Discovery II: 200 Years to the Future, National Park Service” exhibition, Ashland riverfront, September 13-17, (606) 329-1007, www.visitashlandky.com

Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, Missouri, re-enactors visit, Vanceburg, September 22, www.kytourism.com

Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, Missouri, re-enactors encampment and Chautauqua presentations along with traveling Kentucky exhibit in Maysville, Riverfront Park, September 23-24, (606) 564-9419, www.cityofmaysville.com

Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, Missouri, re-enactors encampment in Augusta, September 24-25

Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, Missouri, re-enactors encampment in Covington (docked near Mike Fink Restaurant), September 29-October 3, www.nkycvb.com

“Literature of the Lewis and Clark Expedition” exhibit, Louisville Free Public Library, October-December, (502) 574-1611

“Horseracing at the Time of Lewis and Clark” exhibit opening on October 1, Kentucky Derby Museum, Churchill Downs, Louisville, (502) 637-1111, www.derbymuseum.org

“Big Bone Lick Discovery Days-Lewis & Clark: The Eastern Legacy,” Big Bone Lick State Park, Union, October 4-6, “Meriwether Lewis” and re-enactors (Big Bone Landing Marina). Period archaeological digs, primitive competitions, and a Native American village. Primitive encampment of the Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, Missouri, re-enactors along with the Ole Kaintuckyee Primitives Association. (859) 384-3522, www.state.ky.us/agencies/parks/bigbone.htm

Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West IMAX, Louisville Science Center, Louisville, October 4-March 2004, (502) 561-6100, www.louisvillescience.org

“Lecture by Jim Holmberg, author of Dear Brother,” Farnsley-Moremen Landing, Louisville, October 5, 5 p.m. (502) 935-6809

Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, Missouri, re-enactors encampment in Warsaw, October 8-9

Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, Missouri, re-enactors encampment in Carrollton, October 9-11, (800) 325-4290, www.carrollcountyky.com

Falls of the Ohio Bicentennial Commemoration Opening Ceremonies, re-enactment of Lewis and Clark’s historic meeting, Waterfront Park, Louisville, October 14, at 11 a.m., www.fallsoftheohio.org

Falls of the Ohio Bicentennial Commemoration and National Signature Event, October 14-26, Louisville and Clarksville, in partnership with the Shawnee United Remnant Band, (502) 292-0059, www.fallsoftheohio.org, www.gotolouisville.com, or www.kentuckytourism.com

Corps of Discovery Closing Ceremonies, re-enactment of the departure of the Corps, George Rogers Clark Home Site, Clarksville, October 26, 2-4 p.m., www.fallsoftheohio.org

“Corps of Discovery II: 200 Years to the Future, National Park Service” exhibition, Waterfront Park, Louisville, October 14-19 and at Ashland Park, Clarksville, October 23-28, (502) 292-0059, www.fallsoftheohio.org

“Intertribal Pow Wow and Unity Conference Festival,” E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park, Louisville, October 24-26, (502) 532-7290 or (502) 969-1339

Through York’s Eyes: The Story of Lewis & Clark children’s play, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Clarksville, performances throughout October and November, (877) 898-8577 or (812) 288-2632, www.derbydinner.com

Lewis and Clark: The American Journey original musical by New Albany High School Theatre, New Albany, October 24-26, (812) 981-7650

Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, Missouri, re-enactors encampment at West Point, October 27-28

Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, Missouri, re-enactors encampment at Stevensport, October 31-November 2

Re-enactors encampment at Owensboro, November 2-3; and programs at Owensboro Museum of Science and History, October 26-November 11, (270) 926-1860, www.visitowensboro.com

Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, Missouri, re-enactors greeted by “General Hopkins” and encampment at Henderson riverfront, November 5-7; additional activities, (800) 648-3128, www.hendersonky.org

Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, Missouri, re-enactors encampment at Paducah, November 10-12; quilt show, various activities, painted mural commemorating Lewis and Clark Expedition, (800) 723-8224, www.paducah-tourism.org

As we go to press, the scheduling of Lewis and Clark events continues, and dates and times listed above are subject to change, so always confirm before going. For information in a particular region, consult the local visitors bureau or Web sites, or call the Kentucky Department of Travel at (800) 225-TRIP (8747), Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time.

To read the Kentucky Living August 2003 feature, Imagine the Journey of Lewis & Clark, that goes along with this supplement…Click here.

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