The Lewis and Clark State Historic Site in Hartford will celebrate the 213th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition’s arrival at its Illinois winter camp from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 12-13. Activities will take place at the Interpretive Center and the replica of the expedition’s camp.
HARTFORD — To help celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial, the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site is welcoming amateur radio operators for a special event March 19.
Radio enthusiasts will demonstrate emergency and portable communications while making contact with other stations across the United States.
Radio operators are setting up National Parks on the Air stations throughout 2016 at national parks, historic trails and battlefields. Although it is a state of Illinois site, the Lewis and Clark site in Hartford is the first stop on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.
The event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 19. Visitors will learn how “ham” radio operators provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to the International Space Station. Their slogan is “When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works.”
To learn more about the National Parks on the Air Program, go to https://npota.arrl.org.
The Lewis and Clark State Historic Site marks the spot where the Corps of Discovery wintered before launching the historic expedition to the Pacific Ocean. It features an interpretive center about the Illinois role in the expedition, as well as an accurate reconstruction of the camp from which the expedition began.
It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday for free public tours, and is off Illinois 3 a few miles north of Interstate 270.
The site is operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. IHPA protects the state’s historic resources, which contribute to education, culture and the economy. IHPA sites include ancient burial mounds, forts and buildings erected by settlers, and homes connected to famous Illinoisans.