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Date: September 29, 2006
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Montgomery College Professor to Offer Another Chapter in Saga of Lewis and Clark
Michael Petty to Discussion Lessons from the Lewis and Clark Journey: Then and Now

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Montgomery College Professor Michael Petty, who gave a successful series of talks last spring, will return this October to talk about his journey along the Lewis and Clark trail. Over two summers, Petty, an adjunct professor of history, retraced the route taken by explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark from 1804 to 1806.

Petty used a combination of hiking, biking, and kayaking 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 tell the history of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

The times and locations for the talks are:

  • Wednesday, October 11, at 10 a.m.

Montgomery College-Takoma Park/Silver Spring, Commons Building, Bliss Room, 7600 Takoma Avenue, Takoma Park, Md.

  • Friday, October 20, 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 and the Chesapeake American Studies Association (CHASA). For more information, contact Dr. Francine Jamin, Institute director, at 301-650-1385 or 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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