‘Explorers & Pilgrims’ kids’ activity on Nov. 18

Saturday, November 11, 2017

SIOUX CITY — What’s the real story behind the pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving? Did Lewis AND Clark celebrate the holiday during their 1804-05 Fort Mandan winter?

“Lewis & Clark and the Pilgrims” kids’ activity with Sara Olson will dig into those questions at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Sioux City Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. Admission and a Thanksgiving-themed craft and treats will be free.

Olson, the Center’s Education Coordinator, will work with kids to separate fact from fiction about the pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving, and if the Lewis & Clark Expedition carved up a turkey at Fort Mandan in present-day North Dakota in the cold November air.

At Fort Mandan, from late October 1804 to early April 1805, the soldiers often visited nearby Mandan and Hidatsa villages. They traded food with Native people and participated in many of their festivities.

“Kids’ will learn how the Corps of Discovery and the pilgrims depended on Native people to survive,” said Olson.

The Betty Strong Encounter Center is a private, non-profit cultural complex built and sustained by Missouri River Historical Development, Inc. (MRHD). The Center is located on the riverfront, exit 149 off I-29.

For more information call 712-224-5242 or visit www.siouxcitylcic.com.

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