Presentation on Lewis and Clark focuses on watercraft

A presentation titled “Watercraft of Western Exploration and Exploitations; 1790-1840s,” detailing watercraft used by the Lewis and Clark Expedition and during America's steamboat, military and fur-trading eras is set for 1 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Lewiston City Library, 411 D St., or via Zoom webinar.

The presenter, John Fisher, is a retired high school teacher who has assembled an extensive collection of Euro-American artifacts representing what was carried on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. His collection is housed at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center at Fort Mandan, Washburn, N.D.

Fisher’s research articles have been published in historical journals, including We Proceeded On, the journal of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, and he has been presenting across the country since 2003.

The Confluence of History's lecture series is made possible by the Lewiston City Library, the Idaho Chapter - Lewis Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, the Nez Perce County Museum, the North Central Idaho Speakers Bureau and the Idaho Governor’s Lewis and Clark Grant of 2019-21.

Registering via Zoom does not ensure a seat at the library. Library seating is limited to 50 people, and masks are required. Attendees are asked to call the museum at (208) 743-2535 to reserve a physical seat. Zoom registration at this shortened link — bit.ly/3BePpHO — is for online access only.

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