Cape Girardeau County Commission, archive center receive achievement award

Monday, October 16, 2006

The Cape Girardeau County Archive Center and Cape Girardeau County Commission were recognized recently with an award by The Missouri Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission for post Lewis and Clark Expedition Territorial Records that made a lasting contribution to the legacy of the bicentennial. They were also acknowledged for their leadership and ongoing commitment to the spirit of discovery, achievement and wonder fostered by the original expedition.

Cape Girardeau County Archive Center director Jane Randol Jackson accepted the award on behalf of the county at the Scott Joplin House in St. Louis. It was presented by Dr. Robert R. Archibald, co-chairman of the Missouri Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission, director of the Missouri Historical Society, and president of the National Council of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial.

The Cape Girardeau County Archive Center holds documents proving that four members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition "Corps of Discovery" returned to the old Cape Girardeau district after the expedition. They were George Drouillard, chief hunter of the expedition and nephew of Cape Girardeau founder Louis Lorimier, Sgt. John Ordway, who was in charge of the Corps when Lewis and Clark were elsewhere, Alexander Willard, blacksmith, and Reuben Field, hunter and scout. An article detailing the archive center's information was published in the February 2005 edition of "We Proceeded On," a scholarly publication about the Lewis and Clark expedition published by the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. A copy of the article is available at the archive center.

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