Lewis & Clark and the Indian Country

Online Site Support Notebook: Programs for Younger Audiences

  • www.lewisandclarkidaho.org/page.aspx/271/traveling_trunks

    This web site gathers together information about traveling "Lewis and Clark" educational trunks available from many sources, including the Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Jefferson Expansion National Memorial, Montana Science Institute, Lewis and Clark Interpretive Association, and others.

  • Plan a public program in the library presented by a librarian or teacher showing how to use primary sources in historical research.

  • Teen poetry writing and public reading on themes related to the exhibit: displacement, physical hardship, cultural identity, exploration and discovery, and others.

  • Partner with a local children’s museum on programs about the Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country.

  • Plan a young people’s chautauqua focusing on personalities, events, music, costume and other aspects of the era, with speakers impersonating public figures, simple craft activities, dancing and acting (this could be a series of programs throughout the exhibition period).

  • Include a title for young people in the Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country "One Book, One Community" series.

  • Sponsor essay contests: "What Would Lewis and Clark (or one of the Indian leaders of the time) Think About the World Today?" "What If I Had Been a Native American living on the Lewis and Clark Trail?"

  • Help youngsters make simple toys from the period, both Native American and European American; play games from both cultures.

  • Family activity night at the library with stories and songs about Lewis and Clark and/or Native Americans.