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Museum Reads Book Club: Undaunted Courage

  • East Benton County Historical Society 205 West Keewaydin Drive Kennewick, WA, 99336 United States (map)
 
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This book club is for those who are curious about our local and regional history! #BeCurious #DiscoverHistory through a good book and fun company!
 

Museum Reads Book Club

This free book club meets for discussion at the museum on the 2nd Wednesday of the Month from February to October and starts at 6:15 pm.

2018's curated book list features titles and themes inspired by the history, people, and culture of Benton County, Washington State, and the Pacific Northwest. Drop in on the books that interest you or attend all 9 gatherings.

Book Summary:

In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a voyage up the Missouri River to the Rockies, over the mountains, down the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean, and back.

 Ambrose has pieced together previously unknown information about weather, terrain, and medical knowledge at the time to provide a vivid backdrop for the expedition. Lewis is supported by a rich variety of colorful characters, first of all Jefferson himself, whose interest in exploring and acquiring the American West went back thirty years. Next comes Clark, a rugged frontiersman whose love for Lewis matched Jefferson’s. There are numerous Indian chiefs, and Sacagawea, the Indian girl who accompanied the expedition, along with the French-Indian hunter Drouillard, the great naturalists of Philadelphia, the French and Spanish fur traders of St. Louis, John Quincy Adams, and many more leading political, scientific, and military figures of the turn of the century.

 High adventure, high politics, suspense, drama, and diplomacy combine with high romance and personal tragedy to make this outstanding work of scholarship as readable as a novel.

 

Earlier Event: June 7
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Later Event: June 19
EBCHS Monthy Board Meeting