Lewis and Clark Expedition: Wilderness Medicine in Early America


July 05, 2019
8:00pm - 9:00pm


Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, 25 Lewis & Clark Caverns Rd, Cardwell

Walk through history with author Dr. Dave Peck. Over two hundred years ago, Lewis and Clark walked along the Jefferson River and explored portions of the park. Their journey was not without struggles and challenges that came from constantly being on the move in often wild and unforgiving terrain. Dr. Peck will explain some of the medical personalities and beliefs prevalent during their 1804-1806 expedition. Explore some of the health problems the captains encountered during their 28-month, 8,000-mile journey. Do you think you could survive the rigors of their nomadic lifestyle with only early 19th century medicine? Come find out, and bring your questions!

Dr. Dave Peck is a retired physician and author of "Or Perish in the Attempt, Hardship and Medicine of the Lewis and Clark Expedition." He has presented this program at many national venues and was a National Endowment for the Humanities sponsored speaker during the Expedition’s Bicentennial commemoration in 2003-2006. A video documentary of his book, co-produced by Dr. Peck, is currently showing daily at the Great Falls Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.

What: “The Lewis and Clark Expedition: Wilderness Medicine in Early America” with Dr. Dave Peck
When: Friday, July 5 from 8:00PM—9:00PM
Where: Campground Amphitheater