Known as the “Great American Odyssey,” this exploration evokes endless fascination. In the first session we will look at the politics and intense preparation for this adventure, including secret communiques to Congress and foreign diplomats. This session then details the first half of the trip to the source of the Missouri River and on to the Pacific. Faulty maps, grizzlies and chance encounters add danger and intrigue to the improbable story. The second session will begin with the winter at Fort Clatsop and then chronicle the trip back to St. Louis. Varied encounters with Native Americans and risky decisions made by the leaders of the Corps of Discovery make the return trip as interesting as the initial exploration. Equally interesting are the stories of the participants after the expedition