Explorers break new ground - but it doesn’t
necessarily have to be physical ground or limited to the Old West. Jonas Salk, the
discoverer of the first polio vaccine was an explorer; so was historian
Arthur Schlesinger; astronaut Neil Armstrong; film-maker Ken Burns;
and baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson.
That spirit of discovery manifests itself today in our
own search to understand who we are, where we have been, and how we as a
society might approach the future.
knowledge that Lewis and Clark acquired on their voyage of discovery
changed the world. On the following pages you can explore more details
about their epic journey. In fact, you can learn about all
sorts of people and events which altered the course of history. And
just to add a little spice, there is an entire section on the tantalizing
"What ifs" of American history.
Explore with the
Teddy Roosevelt, follow in the
footsteps of William Becknell as he pioneered a new
trade route to Mexico, or Francis Parkman
as he chronicled one of the first emigrant wagon train expeditions to
Oregon Country. Thrill to the last
great gold rush in America in the
Black Hills of
South Dakota, walk in the moccasins of the
who were at first
squeezed out and then nearly annihilated as white Americans thirsted for
land and riches.
Whether you are an armchair traveler or interested in joining an
the past, your voyage of discovery begins here.