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Date: February 14, 2006
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Montgomery College Professor to Talk about Retracing Historic Lewis and Clark Trail
Michael Petty to Share Photographs and Stories from His Journey

PHOTO EDITORS: For high-resolution images to accompany this release, click on the following links: pettybike.jpg, fortmandan.jpg, seaside.jpg.

Montgomery College Professor Michael Petty will give a series of talks in March about his recent personal journey along the Lewis and Clark trail. Over two summers, Petty, an adjunct professor of history and wilderness survival, retraced the route taken by explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark from 1804 to 1806. 

Petty used a combination of hiking, biking, kayaking, and camping to travel the trail, which covers portions of eleven states and follows the Missouri and Columbia Rivers. Petty followed the 3500-mile Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, some of which is preserved by the National Park Service. For his talk, Petty will share photographs and stories from his journey and retell the history of the Lewis and Clark expedition.     

The times and locations for the talks are:
• Monday, March 6, at 9:30 a.m.
Montgomery College-Takoma Park/Silver Spring, Bliss Room, Commons building, 7600 Takoma Avenue, Takoma Park, Md.
• Monday, March 6, at 1 p.m.
Montgomery College-Germantown, High Technology and Science Center, Room 216, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown, Md.
• Tuesday, March 7, at 10 a.m.
Montgomery College-Rockville, Macklin Tower Building, Campus Commons Suite, Rooms 212-213, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.

The talks are sponsored by the Paul Peck Institute for American Culture and Civic Engagement at Montgomery College. For more information, contact Dr. Francine Jamin, director of the Paul Peck Institute for American Culture and Civic Engagement, at 301-650-1385. To request accommodations for a disability, please call at least two weeks prior to the event.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md.  The College serves more than 55,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.


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