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Published October 31 2004

Forum editorial: 'Circle of Cultures' puts Lewis, Clark events on the map

By all accounts, the turnout of visitors to Bismarck for North Dakota's first signature event of the 200th anniversary of the Lewis & Clark expedition has been remarkable. The nearly 50,000 who have been part of the event is some 20,000 more than were expected.

The "Circle of Cultures" at the University of Mary has translated into the biggest October on record for the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center at Washburn, just a few miles upriver from Bismarck. Moreover, the signature event and the interpretive center are putting the national spotlight on North Dakota's part in the expedition. The explorers spent more time in what is now North Dakota in the winter of 1804-05 than in any other state.

The success of the event is confirmation of the hard work of countless North Dakotans. Planning has been under way for years, and in the last 10 days it has paid off.

Forum editorials represent the opinion of Forum management and the newspaper's Editorial Board