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What can the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804–1806 tell us about the young republic—its values and aspirations, the goals of its leaders, the perceptions of native peoples, and the emerging vision of an empire at a time of global change.


Elliott West, Distinguished Professor, University of Arkansas


The Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804–1806 was not only one of the great American adventures, it was also one of the most revealing episodes of the early years of the American republic. We will consider what the expedition can tell us about America at the opening of the 19th century—its values and aspirations, the goals of its leaders as they looked westward, the perceptions of native peoples and their place in the expanding nation, and the emerging vision of an empire reaching from sea to sea at a time of global change.

Travel & Accommodations

The University of Montana is located in Missoula about ten minutes from the Missoula International Airport. Several ground transporation options are available from the airport to campus.

Workshop participants will stay in on-campus residence halls in their own bedrooms, and will share bathrooms and common space on each floor. The university provides basic bedding and towels only. Please note that participants should plan to bring a cell phone, fan, shower shoes, alarm clock, shampoo, hangers, iron, hair dryer, etc. Participants should plan to bring laptops as computer access on campus will be limited.


Meals will be served in a university cafeteria in space shared by other programs. All on-campus meals will be paid for by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Travel Reimbursement

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the seminar. Each seminar participant will receive reimbursement of travel expenses up to $400. Please read our complete travel reimbursement policy before applying.

Graduate Credit

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is proud to announce its agreement with Adams State University to offer three hours of graduate credit to participating seminar teachers. For more information click here.

Course Reviews from Past Participants

“Overall it was a well organized and fantastic seminar. All speakers and instructors were informative and excellent in their instruction. Professor West was inspiring and informative. Would recommend this seminar to others and would love to attend another like it.”

"Both Dr. West and the master teacher were fantastic! Their knowledge of content was spectacular and they did a brilliant job of making all learners feel welcome, comfortable, and part of an interactive learning community. I consider myself extremely lucky to have been selected for this awesome opportunity, and I cannot wait to share the knowledge I've gained with fellow teachers and my students."


Email the Teacher Seminars department or call 646-366-9666.

July 9th, 2017 5:00 PM   through   July 15th, 2017 9:00 AM
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
United States

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2017 Teacher Seminar Registration Fee $75.00

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