This year’s MRB Lewis and Clark Visitor Center’s Reunion Event will usher in the end of an era.  Since the Center’s opening in 2004, Darrel Draper has performed several of his historical monologues at the Center’s special events.  While he primarily performed as George Drouillard of the Lewis and Clark Expedition he has also presented as President Theodore Roosevelt.  Darrel has announced this retirement at the end of the year, and his performance as George Drouillard will be one of his last.

A retired military officer, Darrel began his performance life after his retirement in 1997.  He is well known in Nebraska City for his performances at several of the museums and Arbor Day Farm.  All of the characters he portrays feature historical figures that have played key roles in Nebraska and National history.  What has set Darrel apart from other presenters of his type is his attention for detail.  The detail is not only in the costumes that he wears as a part of the presentations but even small facts about the character’s life and experience.  From watching him over time, he appeals to adults as well as children.

The “Lewis & Clark Reunion” will be held September 12 and 13, 10:00 – 3:00 both days.  Darrell will portray Drouillard both afternoons beginning at 2:00.  While the event offers other speakers and living history demonstrations, the last performances of Darrel’s monologues will be reason enough to attend and with him well for the future.

IF YOU GO
Missouri River Basin Lewis & Clark Center
100 Valmont Lane
Nebraska City, NE
Hours; Monday – Saturday; 9:00 – 6:00, Sunday; 10:00 – 5:00.
www.mrb-lewisandclarkcenter.org