RCC Lifelong Learning takes a trip with Lewis and Clark

An in-depth look at “Meriwether Lewis and William Clark: From Tidewater Roots to the Expedition 1803-1806” will be the basis of a course from the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL). Page and Jane Henley will teach the three sessions on October 11, 18, and 25 (Wednesdays), from 1 to 3 p.m., at St. Mary’s Whitechapel Episcopal Church near Lively (Lancaster County).

Session One of this class will cover the early years in the lives of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. The second session will describe their preparations for the expedition, and their departure, followed by a winter with the Mandan Indians. Session Three will give highlights of the expedition, including its arrival at the Pacific Ocean, its return to St. Louis, and the report to President Thomas Jefferson.

Jane Henley holds degrees in history and reading and teaches language arts, social studies, and special education. Meriwether Lewis is her fourth-great uncle, and her ancestors owned Lewis’s birthplace until 1900. Page Henley holds degrees in history and law and has lectured and written about Northern Neck history for many years. Both have traveled the Lewis and Clark Trail many times, and have established professional and personal relationships with leading national Lewis and Clark scholars

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information on “Meriwether Lewis and William Clark: From Tidewater Roots to the Expedition 1803-1806” and other RILL courses, or to register, please call Sharon Drotleff at RCC’s Educational Foundation office (804-333-6707), or e-mail her at sdrotleff@rappahannock.edu.

The Educational Foundation expresses sincere appreciation to the Bank of Lancaster’s Golden Advantage program, and to Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, for their generous support of RILL in 2017.