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About this collection

The infamous Lewis and Clark Expedition, also known as the Corp of Discovery, officially began in Clarksville, Indiana when - in October of 1803 - Meriwether Lewis and William Clark first shook hands at the Falls of the Ohio River. The Bicentennial of this historic event was commemorated on October 26, 2003, with the dedication of a life-size bronze statue of Lewis and Clark shaking hands for the first time. The life-size statue, created by Carol Grende, was first cast in miniature to not only demonstrate what the final product would look like, but also to inspire community members to support and fund the commissioning of the large-scale, permanent installation. On October 02, 2015, the miniature statue was donated to the Indiana University Southeast (IU Southeast) Academic Library for permanent display, and the exhibition has since collected many interesting artifacts associated with the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

 

The purposes of this digital collection is threefold. Firstly, it seeks to employ digitization efforts so that the contents of the display collection may be preserved in digital formats. Secondly, through these efforts, the contents of the physical collection, which constitute items of immense cultural and historical value for Southern Indiana, may be more widely disseminated for anyone interested in these information resources. Thirdly, by creating a digital collection and allowing contributions from IU Southeast faculty, staff, students, and local community members, the original exhibition may continue to grow through the inclusion of digital objects thematically aligned with the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

While it is certainly hoped that both the original physical collection and its emerging digital counterpart will foster the mission of IU Southeast to provide research and educational resources to its campus stakeholders, the IU Southeast Library also recognizes the cultural and historical value the Lewis and Clark Expedition has for Southern Indiana as a whole. Therefore, all potentially interested information seekers will be able to access this collection's contents; thereby broadening the intended audience to include anyone outside of the IU Southeast campus.

 
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