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5-Minute Quests

1. The first mule in the United States arrived on this date in 1785. Who sent it? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. In what North Dakota county did the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery camp on this date in 1804? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to The Scoop, which two illustrators were early favorites of Steven Kellogg? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a political or social leader born on this date:

1. Which two countries signed a peace treaty on this date in 1994? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to Post, Texas, which university did C.W. Post attend? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to PBS, what career did Beryl Markham begin at the age of 17? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a tall tale illustrated by Steven Kellogg (according to Children's Literature):
(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to the History Channel, at which presidential inauguration did Mahalia Jackson sing?

2. According to the Gale Group, in what way did Hillary Rodham Clinton follow the tradition of Eleanor Roosevelt?

3. According to Knight Ridder, from whom did John S. Knight inherit the Akron Beacon Journal in 1933?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a 1923 Jackie Coogan movie (according to the Internet Movie Database):
C.W. Post
C.W. Post
Born on This Date 1854

[Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center]

Post Cereal

Beryl Markham
Beryl Markham
Born on This Date 1902

[Literature Review]


Mahalia Jackson
Mahalia Jackson
Born on This Date 1911


Gospel Musicians

Steven Kellogg
Steven Kellogg
Born on This Date 1941

[Hoover Library]

Primary Children's Authors

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Born on This Date 1947

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: wind from the S. E we Set the Ricara Chief [Recorees - Arikara Indians] on Shore with Some Mandans,
many on each Side veiwing of us, we took in 2 Chiefs (Coal and Big Man*) and halted a feiw minits at their Camps on the L. S. fortified in their way, here we Saw a trader from the Ossinniboin River Called McCracken** this man arrived 9 day ago with goods to trade for horses &
Roabs one other man with him—

we Camped on the L. Side a Short distanc below the 1st mandan village on the L. S. many men women & Children flocked down to See us— Capt Lewis
walked to the Village with the Chief and interpeters, my Rheumitism increasing prevented me from going also, and we had Deturmined that both would not
leave the boat at the Same time untill we Knew the Desposition of the Nativs, Some Chieef visited me & I Smoked with them— they appeared delighted with the Corn Mill which we were obliged to use, also with my black servent, Capt Lewis returned late—

[*The Coal, whose name in the Mandan tongue Clark renders as Sho-ta-har ro-ra (otaharore, "it's a white cloud"), was apparently an Arikara by birth, and had been adopted by the Mandans. He was a rival of Black Cat, considered by the captains to be head chief of the Mandans. Big Man, Oh-he-nar (hir, "to be full"), also called "Le Grand," was according to Clark an adopted Cheyenne prisoner. Such adoption was not uncommon; with males it usually occurred in childhood. Both these men were chiefs of the first Mandan village.]

[**Clark writes that Hugh McCracken worked for the North West Company, then corrects it to "Hudsons's Bay." In fact, he appears to have been a free trader working for neither firm. McCracken had been to the Mandans and had resided there several times before he guided David Thompson of the North West Company there in 1797. Lewis and Clark entrusted him with their message to Charles Chaboillez, North West Company factor on the Assiniboine River. In 1806 he accompanied Chaboillez and Alexander Henry the Younger to the Mandan villages. Henry characterizes him as "an old Irishman formerly belonging to the [Royal?] artillery." David Thompson reports him killed by the Sioux on a journey to the Mandans.]

North Dakota Map: 10/26/04 Lewis & Clark Map: 10/14/04 Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Health Native American Tribes

The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Nebraska

Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: A fine morning

Sent Six men out to hunt Deer, and Collect rozin to pitch the Canoes which has become verry leakey, by frequently hauling them over rocks &c as well Striking rocks frequently in passing down. all our articles we have exposed to the Sun to Dry; and the Canoes drawn out and turned up— maney of our Stores entirely Spoiled by being repeetedly wet;

A number of Indians came to the Oposit Side of the river in the fore part of the day and Shew that they were anxious
to Cross to us, we did not think proper to cross them in our Canoes and did not Send for them. in the evening two Chiefs and 15 men came over in a Small Canoe, those two Chiefs proved to be the two Principal chiefs of the tribes above at the falls, and above, who was out hunting at the time we passed their bands; one of those Chiefs made Capt Lewis and my Self each a Small present of Deer meat, and Small Cakes of white bread made of roots. we gave to each Chief a Meadel of the Small Size a red Silk handkerchief, arm band, Knife & a piece of Paint, and
acknowledged them as chiefs;

as we thought it necessary at this time to treat those people verry friendly & ingratiate our Selves with them, to insure us a kind & friendly reception on our return, we gave Small presents to Several, and half a Deer to them to eate. we had also a fire made for those people to Sit around in the middle of our Camp, and Peter Crusat played on the violin, which pleased those nativs exceedingly.

the two Chiefs and several men deturmined to delay all night (yorked Danced for the Inds) with us all the others returned, leaving the horses for those who Staied on the opposit Side.

our hunters returned in the evening Killed five Deer, four verry large grey Squirels and a grouse. one of the guard at the river guiged a Salmon Trout, which we had fried in a little Bears Oil which the Chief we passed below the narrows gave us: this I thought one of the most delicious fish I have ever tasted

Great numbers of white Crain flying in different Directions verry high— The river rose 8 Inches to day from what cause
I cannot Say certainly, as the tides cannot effect the river here as there is a falls below, I conjecture that the rise is owing to the winds which has Set up the river for 24 hours past.

our hunters inform that the countrey back is broken, Stoney and thinly timbered with pine and White Oake. They Saw Elk & Bear Sign in the mountains.

Dried all our wet articles and repared our Canoes to day, and the Party amused themselves at night danceing. The Flees which the party got on them at the upper & great falls, are very troublesom and dificuelt to get rid of, perticularly as the me[n] have not a Change of Clothes to put on, they Strip off their Clothes and kill the flees, dureing which time they remained neckid.

The nations in the vicinity of this place is at War with the Snake Indians who they Say are noumerous and live on the river we passed above the falls on the Same Side on which we have encamped, and the nearest town is about four days march they pointed neary S. E. and informed that they had a battle with those Inds. laterly, their loss I could not assertain

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