The Missouri River Basin Lewis & Clark Interpretive Trail and Visitors Center is gearing up for its seventh annual Lewis & Clark Reunion next weekend.
The free event is scheduled for Sept. 13 and 14.  
In the past, the Center has commemorated Lewis & Clark’s 1804 arrival in the area on their way upriver with a compilation of events each July, but, according to Doug Friedli, Executive Director of the Lewis & Clark Center, the heat of summer kept many visitors away and was hard on the presentors.
“Now we celebrate in September,” Friedli said, “which is more around the time they passed our area heading back to St. Louis in 1806.”
Visitors to the Lewis & Clark Center will be able to chat with various re-enactors, including Darrel Draper as Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, the son of Sacagawea.  Draper is the winner of 12 national awards, such as the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation Achievement Award.  Local historian Bill Hayes will portray Private Shannon, a member of the Lewis & Clark Expedition who was once lost for several weeks in northeastern Nebraska.
Events will take place both Saturday and Sunday, in the Center and on the grounds in and around the keelboat and earth lodge.  The activities each day are free and open to the public.  Friedli said the events are geared towards kids and adults alike, especially Geocaching 101, which will teach a fun new hobby to any enthusiast.
A special playing of the Star Spangled Banner by the Nebraska City High School Band will take place on Sunday, September 14, at 2 p.m.  There will be a reading of the poem “Defense of Fort McHenry,” written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key.  The lyrics of the United State National Anthem are lifted from that poem.  This year marks the 200th anniversary of the writing of those words.
The Missouri River Basin Lewis & Clark Interpretive Trail and Visitors Center in Nebraska City will open at 9 a.m. during their Reunion weekend September 13 and 14.  Again, all events are free to the public.