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Supporting the LCHTF from Hermann to Lexington, MO
Founded in 1998 as a chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation (LCTHF), the Manitou Bluffs Mid-Missouri Chapter has as its mission to support the LCTHF at the local level through events, activities, programs, promotion and protection of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. Chapter members encourage local interest in the Lewis and Clark expedition and related historic sites through education, tourism and active involvement in local communities. Click here for a review of the chapter's activities in 2014-2015. The chapter serves the area along the Missouri River from Hermann to Lexington, MO. The chapter's symbol, the Manitou, was found on the bluffs at Rocheport and drawn by Clark in his journal. It was later blasted away by the railroad.
Each February chapter members celebrate the birthday of Jean Baptist, the son of Sacagawea, who was nicknamed "Pomp" by William Clark. In April the group commemorates the birthday of President Thomas Jefferson (See article.) at the site of his original grave marker located at the Francis Quadrangle on University of Missouri campus in Columbia, MO. Quarterly meetings feature educational speakers and/or trips.
Chapter members are justifiably proud of their educational trunk programs, their development of interpretive trails and installation of interpretive panels, their partnership with the National Park Service in monitoring and inventorying national historic sites, and their promotion of a Lewis and Clark Patch for the Boy Scouts of America.