Lewis & Clark and the Indian Country

Online Site Support Notebook: Speakers for Programs

(If you have any problems contacting potential speakers, please e-mail the ALA Public Programs Office at

  • Frederick E. Hoxie, exhibit curator, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is available for programs when his teaching schedule permits (

  • The Native American consultants for the traveling exhibition are also available for programs as their schedules permit:

  • Frederick Baker (Mandan/Hidatsa), Three Affiliated Tribes Museum, New Town, ND (

  • Pat Courtney Gold (Wasco), Scappoose, Oregon, (

  • Otis Half Moon (Nez Perce), Santa Fe, New Mexico (

  • Darrell R. Kipp (Blackfoot), Browning, MT (

  • Marjorie Waheneka Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, Pendleton, Oregon (

Other ideas:

  • Your state humanities council has a list of scholars who have experience with public programming, and many humanities councils have formal Speaker's Bureaus. Washington, Idaho, Missouri, Oregon, Montana and South Dakota humanities councils in particular have speakers available on the topic of Lewis and Clark and Native Americans.

  • http://www.mohumanities.org/programs/manyfaces/presenterindex.htm
    The presenter index for a Missouri Humanities Council symposium, "Changed Lives: Lewis and Clark Meet the West." Excellent resource for many good presenters on a variety of topics related to Lewis and Clark and the Indian country.

  • http://www.nps.gov/archive/jeff/LewisClark2/TheBicentennial/Symposium2003/
    Program and speaker list for a symposium, "Lewis and Clark: Observations on an Exposition" cosponsored by the Missouri Historical Society in St. Louis in 2003.

  • The Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lectureship Program (

    ) also offers lecturers (for a $1,000 fee) who specialize in this period.

  • See presenters for the Newberry Library lecture series described at the beginning of this section of the notebook. Consider the following--a Google search will provide contact information:

    • Gerard Baker
      , a Mandan-Hidatsa from Mandaree, North Dakota and an employee of the National Park Service for more than 25 years, Baker is Superintendent of the Lewis and Clark National Historical Trail.

    • Dayton Duncan, a journalist and historian who has written books and television documentaries about the Lewis and Clark

    • James P. Ronda
      , Barnard Professor of West American History at the University of Tulsa, who has written several books about the Lewis and Clark expedition, including

      Lewis and Clark Among the Indians.

    • John Logan Allen
      , professor and Chair of Geography at the University of Wyoming and a frequent lecturer and the author of numerous scholarly works, including

      Lewis and Clark and the Image of the American West

    • James Holmberg, Lewis and Clark historian and curator of special collections at the Filson Historical Society in Louisville, Ky.

    • Stephen A. Aron, professor of History, UCLA, specializes in Western history.