Lewis and Clark Handshake Festival 2018

Information and schedule of activities

At the Falls of the Ohio State Park in Clarksville, Indiana, on Oct. 20-21, 2018

The festival will offer a variety of displays and presenters. Among the participants will be the Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center, Filson Museum, Frazier Museum, Southern Indiana Tourism and Convention Bureau, Indiana Lewis and Clark Expedition Commission, Lewis and Clark Foundation, town of Clarksville, and Indiana University Southeast with Dr. Claudia Crump.

Charles Clark will be on site to talk about his famous ancestors: William Clark and George Rogers Clark. Hasan Davis, a lawyer who is a juvenile justice advocate and a re-enactor of York, Clark’s slave and an important expedition member, will give a talk. Meriwether Lewis, portrayed by Skip Jackson, will also be in attendance. There may also be a modern-day Seaman there, wagging its tail, to remind us about Lewis’ Newfoundland dog.

Demonstrations will be given by a noted silversmith, George Bolton; blacksmith, Mick Cain; and a local weaver of fine goods, Joe Burch. Charles Humphrey will give knife, tomahawk, and bow and arrow demonstrations. Other presenters will include John Stealey, who will have an 18th century balloon on exhibit; Dr. Chuck Crase, who will talk about handwriting; and Dr. David Bell will offer information about medicines in the 1800s. Richard and Sandy Hennings will have their extensive Lewis and Clark displays available for viewing and discussion.

Old-fashioned games for children will be held.

Saturday (October 20)

11 a.m.: Opening of the festival. Visit with presenters and docents. View displays.

1 p.m.: Frazier Museum presents “Amazing Adventures of Lewis and Clark.”

2 p.m.: Re-creation of the handshake at the George Rogers Clark cabin.

2:30 p.m.: Music of the 1800s at the gazebo. Performance by the New Chapter Dulcimers and Strings.

3:15 p.m.: Presentation by Todd Read about the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Todd is a retired educator who has given many presentations about the expedition.

3:45 p.m.: Presentation by Hasan Davis on “York and his role on the trail.”

5 p.m.: Closing.

Sunday (October 21)

11 a.m.: Opening of the festival. All sites are open for viewing and learning.

1:30 p.m.: Hasan Davis presentation on York and his role on the trail.

2 p.m.: Re-creation of the handshake at the George Rogers Clark cabin.

2:30 p.m.: Presentation by Todd Read about the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

4 p.m.: Closing of festival.

More information:

Sandy Hennings, sandybear48813@yahoo.com or 517-231-3193.

To reserve a room for the weekend, contact Radisson Hotel, 505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville. 812-283-4411.