Honoring the past

Lewis and Clark Trail Museum to celebrate 50 years

Submitted Photo This is a replica of an earlier day classroom in the main museum building of the Lewis and Clark Trail Museum, Alexander.

ALEXANDER – Clay Jenkinson from the Thomas Jefferson Hour will be the special guest speaker at the Lewis and Clark Trail Museum’s 50th anniversary celebration June 29 beginning at 4 p.m.

Jenkinson has portrayed several different historical figures including Meriwether Lewis in documentaries throughout the years.

Entertainment will be provided by Bob Peterman, cowboy poet and musician, and the Williston Drum and Bugle Corps.

There will be horse-drawn wagon and buggy rides. Hors d’oeuvres will be available. The Sixth Infantry will shoot their cannon to conclude the ceremony.

The event is free. Museum admission is a free-will donation.

Submitted Photo Petrified tree stumps dating back 60 million years ago are displayed on the front lawn of the Lewis and Clark Trail Museum, Alexander. The main museum building was the school in Alexander for more than 50 years.

The main museum building was a school in Alexander from 1914 until 1967 when discussions began toward the formation of a museum, according to museum information. The museum has an extensive collection of artifacts including many rare and unusual items.

Much of the museum is organized into distinct rooms including a room dedicated to the life and career of Congressman and former North Dakota Gov. Art Link who was county chairman in 1967 and on the original museum committee.

A Lewis and Clark room has displays and artifacts showing the contributions made by the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Many different pieces of machinery and transportation modes are displayed throughout the museum and property. The museum also has other historic buildings including a log cabin, sheepherders wagon, church and old local Boy Scouts headquarters.

The Charbon one-room schoolhouse that later became the township hall has been converted into the James Gang Java, a coffee and gift shop.

Petrified tree stumps, estimated at 60 million years old and unearthed when Highway 85 was redirected are displayed on the front lawn.

The museum is located at 102 Indiana Avenue E. in Alexander. It is open Sundays from noon-5 p.m., closed Wednesdays and open other days from 10 a.m.-5 p. m. For more information call 701-828-3595 or email lewisandclarknd@gmail.com.