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Published April 03 2005

Corps of Discovery re-enactors return to Fort Mandan

WASHBURN, N.D. - The Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, Mo., returns to Fort Mandan at Washburn Wednesday to begin four big days of Bicentennial activities for the "Departure from Fort Mandan: A Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Moment" sponsored by the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation.

The observance includes guest speaker Jim Holmberg of Louisville, Ky.; a special Postal Service pictorial stamp cancellation; free North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame hot dogs on Thursday; and a unique "dinner under the tent" Thursday followed by the Bismarck-Mandan Northern Lights Chorus.

"The World of Lewis and Clark: A 200 Year Journey," a special exhibit featuring artifacts from the William Clark family collection, opens at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center Wednesday and will remain on display through May 15.

Other scheduled events include:

• Through Thursday: National Park Service Corps II Traveling Exhibition at Hazen.

• Wednesday: Programs at Fort Mandan by the Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Thursday: Programs at Fort Mandan by the Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Postal Service pictorial cancellation, inside Fort Mandan, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame hot dogs by Cloverdale, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.;

• Programs in Lodge Classroom of the Headwaters Fort Mandan Visitor Center, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., including Todd Hanson as Pvt. Fields; Jim Holmberg, "Into the Wilderness"; John Fisher, "Medicine Chest of the Expedition"; and Jim Holmberg, "I Write You Without Reserve," William Clark's letters to his brother Jonathan; program for historic launch of boats, 3:30 p.m., with departure from Fort Mandan at River's Edge, 4 p.m.; evening meal under the tent, 5 p.m.; and musical entertainment by Bismarck-Mandan Northern Lights Chorus, "Let's Get Away from It All," beginning at 6:30 p.m.

• Friday: Programs in Lodge Classroom of Headwaters Fort Mandan Visitor Center, and at Knife River Indian Villages and Stanton, noon to 5 p.m.; dinner sponsored by KRIV Heritage Foundation, Stanton Civic Center, 5 p.m.; Frederick Baker, "Reflections of a Long Winter," Stanton School, 6 p.m.; and Amy Mossett, "Sakakawea's Home," Stanton School, 6:45 p.m.

• Saturday: Programs in Lodge Classroom of Headwaters Fort Mandan Visitor Center, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including Chip Cartwright as York and speakers Jim Holmberg and John Fisher.

• April 10: Jim Holmberg, "Lewis & Clark: Discovery Then and Now," at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck, 2 p.m.

For more information, call (877) 462-8535 or go to www.fortmandan.com. Admission, which includes both Fort Mandan and the Interpretive Center, is $7.50 for adults and $5 for students, with foundation members free.