The Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center will be closed Friday, August 11, and Saturday, August 12, because of the Unite the Right rallies and counter-rallies taking place in Charlottesville’s public parks that weekend. Though the rally is now scheduled for McIntire Park, there was an application for Darden Towe, and spill-over may occur, despite the controls placed on the rallies. We want people to stay safe. The University of Virginia is hosting events, such as a free Disney movie, as a way to give alternatives for the weekend. Though we wish we could do the same, we do not have the security personnel that they do. Though the weekend may prove to be uneventful, we made our best decision for everyone’s peace of mind. We will be working on our new exhibition, and hoping that everyone has a peaceful weekend.
Please join us on Thursday, August 3, from 5 to 6:30 PM, for a slide show on the 2017 Lewis & Clark National Trail Heritage Foundation Conference in Montana. Becky Gildersleeve will be showing her photographs and recounting her experiences on the various panels and site visits. This is a meeting of the Home Front Chapter that is free and open to the public. We will be hosting the 2020 Conference, so we are eager to hear feedback and ideas about the conference experience!
Yesterday, at our Annual Meeting, Sally Thomas was elected President of the Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center! She has served the Center since its inception, and has had an interest in Lewis & Clark since childhood. She grew up near the site of their final destination. Diana Amatucci was elected Vice President. She is a former teacher who takes an active involvement in the Center’s programs for families and school groups.
We’ve developed a new history game for the Center, with an easy and a difficult version, depending on your age and your familiarity with puzzle games. It’s called Unlock History! and it will be available to the public through the summer, and to school and scouting groups by reservation the entire year. It is similar to an Escape Room game, but it does the opposite–solving the puzzles lets you in, not out!
Each of our full-size boat replicas are locked up–and you need to figure out the numbers to unlock them. The Keelboat cabin must also be unlocked with a password. Entering the cabin, there will be three boxes that will be the next challenge. Their combinations are figured out by doing three puzzles within the Center: Jefferson’s Decoder Puzzle; the Trail Map and Math Puzzle, and the Compass and Language Puzzle. Each puzzle teaches you about history and leads you to learn even more.
You have an hour to complete the challenge!
We’re open to the public at the Center 10-4 Fridays and Saturdays, and by appointment Monday through Thursday.
Join us on Thursday, April 20th at 5 PM for a talk by Peggy Crosson, who is working to establish a statewide Lewis and Clark Legacy Trail that will include the Center and Charlottesville. Free admission. Part of the Home Front Chapter Speakers Series.