Thomas Jefferson "The Naturalist"
President Thomas Jefferson is depicted as he has opened the crates sent to him in the spring of 1805 from Fort Mandan. He looks at the Osage Orange and around him are artifacts from the Mandan Indians, dried plant specimens in leather folders, elk antlers from the upper Missouri, a live prairie dog and a magpie in a cage sent by the Corps of Discovery, arriving at the Whitehouse in August.
The Osage Orange tree was the first new plant Lewis & Clark identified. It was discovered in present day Missouri. The prairie dog was first discovered near present day Lynch, Nebraska.
From the Mandan Indians was a ceremonial buffalo robe and a Native American Calumet or peace pipe. One of the dried plant specimens in the leather folder was a coneflower.
A 1/2 life sized statue is located in the Missouri River Basin Lewis & Clark Center and Interpretive Center in Nebraska City, Nebraska. The center’s focus is on the flora and fauna that Lewis and Clark discovered and identified on their great expedition to the Pacific Ocean.
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