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Lewis and Clark on the River

A jam-packed day of family fun awaits you at the Frazier as we celebrate the exciting new addition of select artifacts to our exhibit The Lewis and Clark Experience.

When Lewis and Clark led the Corps of Discovery on its famous expedition across the American West to the Pacific Ocean, rivers proved to be a crucial part of their journey. Butch Bouvier, also known as Mr. Keelboat, has re-created three of the most important boats that were used by the Corps: the Keelboat, the White Pirogue, and the mysterious Iron Boat, which disappeared along the way, never to be found again. Bouvier and Sterling Fitcher, a re-enactor who portrays John Colter, the first Mountain Man of the West, will deliver the three boats to the Frazier on June 22nd.

Events this day will include activity tables from the Frazier and area historic sites, Lewis and Clark-related performances, a talk and Q&A session with Butch Bouvier about his experiences along the Missouri River followed by a signing of Bouvier’s book Brown Water, and a demonstration of Kentucky Long Rifles and signal cannons by Sterling Fitcher.

This day of activities is presented in collaboration with community partners and institutions
the Filson Historical Society, the Falls of the Ohio, and Locust Grove.

11 AM – John Colter interp
12 PM – Lewis and Clark radio show interp
1 - 2 PM – “In the Wake of Lewis and Clark: A conversation with Butch “Mr. Keelboat” Bouvier”
2:20 PM – Cannon and rifle demos (weather permitting)

This program is included in the price of admission | Free for Frazier Members