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Grand Opening with Free Admission Sept. 21-22

Posted on 9/17/2013

The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn will celebrate the grand opening of its 9,000 square foot expansion with free admission at the Center and Fort Mandan Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22.

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, Foundation president David Borlaug, and Dakota Institute director Clay Jenkinson will be among dignitaries speaking at a formal dedication program Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Center's new Wayne and Bernice Stroup Event Center. The afternoon will feature live music, food and interpretive programs at Fort Mandan, both Saturday and Sunday. Chuck Suchy performs Saturday at 3 p.m. and bluegrass group Cotton Wood is playing Sunday at 3 p.m.

The Interpretive Center's expansion includes a new library, which will showcase the recently-acquired Patrick Gass journal edition, from 1807. It's the first printed account of the Lewis & Clark Expedition. The new Erickson Gallery, featuring the original art of Bismarck's Vern Erickson, is also included in the expansion.

"Our open house is a great opportunity for everyone to come see our new galleries, which have been enjoyed by visitors from around the world this past summer," says Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation president David Borlaug. "Thanks to Great River Energy, we're offering free admission both days," he adds.

Major sponsor of the grand opening weekend is Missouri River Contracting, general contractor on the expansion project. Other sponsors include Great River Energy; Heritage Electric; Northern Plains Plumbing, Heating and Air; National Park Service; Farmers Security Bank; Beazley Engineering; The Bismarck Tribune; Wagon Wheel Lumber and Apex Engineering.

Brothers Smoked BBQ will be available at Fort Mandan both days. Both facilities are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors should bring lawn chairs for the afternoon of musical entertainment.

Saturday, September 21
10 a.m. - Dedication ceremony at Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center
Noon - 5 p.m. - Brothers Smoked BBQ food truck at Fort Mandan
Noon - Music by Matt Schanandore
3 p.m. - Music by Chuck Suchy

Sunday, September 22
Noon - 5:00 p.m. - Brothers Smoked BBQ food truck at Fort Mandan
Noon - Music by Matt Schanandore
1:30 p.m. - Music by Dr. Beverly Everett and Tonya Mertz, "Chords of Discovery" of BMSO
3 p.m. - Music by Cotton Wood

For more information, call 877-462-8535.

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