The online preview of "Rivers, Edens, Empires" has been
updated to a full online exhibition. There are dozens of maps
available in MrSid format, artifacts from the Lewis & Clark
and other expeditions, manuscripts, photographs, and more.
"Discover" labels spotlight items of interest to kids and
families, and there are Flash animation versions of the
presentations in the kiosks in the physical exhibit in the
From the Exhibition Overview:
"Like so many other exploration stories, Lewis and Clark
journey was shaped by the search for navigable rivers,
inspired by the quest for Edens, and driven by competition
for empire. Thomas Jefferson was motivated by these
aspirations when he drafted instructions for his explorers,
sending them up the Missouri River in search of a passage
to the Pacific. The exhibition draws on the Library's rich
collections of exploration material to feature the trek of the
Corps of Discovery as a culmination in the quest to connect
the East and the West by means of a waterway passage.
The exhibition's epilogue focuses on the transcontinental
railroad, which replaced the search for a direct water route
with a 'river of steel.'"
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