Lewis and Clark Trail Museum

Lewis and Clark Trail Museum Lewis and Clark Trail Museum recognizes, honors, and preserves the story of Lewis and Clark and the homesteaders who followed as we look to the future.
The Alexander Lewis and Clark Trail Museum was dedicated June 29, 1969.
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The main museum building was a school in Alexander from 1914 until 1967 when discussions began towards the foundation of a museum. The building itself is an important artifact; it is a beautiful 3 story brick building that still stands out today. The inside of the building is majestic and has the largest and most extensive collection of artifacts in northwestern North Dakota, including many rare and unusual items. You are likely to find something "new" to see each time you visit. Much of museum was organized thematically into distinct rooms such as an old general store, schoolroom and saddle room to name a few. The old Charbonneau Post Office is displayed. There is a room dedicated to the life and carer of congressman and governor Art Link who was County Chairman in 1967 and on the original museum committee. Of course there is the recently updated Lewis and Clark room with displays and artifacts to help the visitor understand and appreciate the contributions made by the Corps of Discovery. Lewis and Clark spent more time in this part of ND than any other state. A brochure is available with important information about the expedition. Throughout the museum and property many different pieces of machinery and transportation modes are displayed. In addition to the old school the museum expands to the entire property with many other historic buildings such as an old log cabin, a sheepherders wagon, church and the old local Boy Scout headquarters. On the front lawn petrified tree stumps unearthed when Hwy 85 was redirected are displayed. They are estimated to be 60 million years old and are unique to western North Dakota. also on site is a coffee and gift shop, James Gang Java, located the original Charbon Township one room school house that later became the Township Hall.

Mission: The Lewis and Clark Trail Museum is an important community asset in preserving and honoring the heritage and character of the original settlers in the area. Real people with real stories. The character that built this area is important to securing a future for following generations. It is important as a bridge between those who have been here for many generations and our new community members. The aging schoolhouse is in need of continual maintenance. There is an ongoing need to update and renovate exhibits. Donations are greatly appreciated and can be sent to: Lewis and Clark Trail Museum P.O. Box 343 Alexander, N.D. 58831

We are so proud of our Alexander Comet students! They are looking for support and/or sponsorship to attend and compete...
02/09/2020
Alexander Comets Robotics Team Competing in World Championship

We are so proud of our Alexander Comet students! They are looking for support and/or sponsorship to attend and compete at the worlds in Detroit in April so please consider helping them!

Teams from 70 countries are gearing up to compete in this year’s High School Robotics World Championships, and Alexander High School, right here in our backyard, is gearing up, too. The small…

12/25/2019

Merry Christmas from us to you!

Out With The Old In With The New
12/14/2019
Out With The Old In With The New

Out With The Old In With The New

The Lewis and Clark Trail Museum will be implementing a project, starting this spring. The finished project will give visitors an insight into the type of crops that would have been planted around Alexander when the town was first established. The idea to start this project was a joint effort betwee...

Demolition of the gym has begun. It is sad to see it go, but knowing we won't have anymore water issues is a huge relief...
10/17/2019

Demolition of the gym has begun. It is sad to see it go, but knowing we won't have anymore water issues is a huge relief. Here are some photos of the progress.

Seems like yesterday that we took this picture Cathy. Thanks for all that you did for the 50th season of the museum!
09/02/2019

Seems like yesterday that we took this picture Cathy. Thanks for all that you did for the 50th season of the museum!

The Lewis & Clark Trail MuseumAs another season comes to an end, we just want to say THANK YOU to all of our many visito...
09/02/2019

The Lewis & Clark Trail Museum

As another season comes to an end, we just want to say THANK YOU to all of our many visitors this year.

With out the continued financial support of visitors and members the museum could not continue to stay open. Your membership dollars and other tax deductible donations are what allow us to maintain the building and grounds, arrange new displays and continue to develop new programs and practices to preserve the heritage of our great community and this great state.

We will be sending out our newsletter this fall and then again in the spring. In our newsletters you will notice that we are including information on becoming a member and how to renew your membership yearly.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list please let us know! [email protected]

Having a little ice cream treat to celebrate Stephany‘s last day here at the museum on Friday. Thank you so much Stephan...
09/01/2019

Having a little ice cream treat to celebrate Stephany‘s last day here at the museum on Friday. Thank you so much Stephany for all of your hard work… You did a great job! Best wishes to you always… Come back and see us soon! Tomorrow will be our last day of the season, hours will be from 12 to 5. Thank you to everyone who came by to see us this summer, it was a great summer; celebrating our 50 years!

08/27/2019

Getting ready for the Old Settlers Day parade with Alberts 'ole international! thanks Bernie and Joe!

We love to look at all of the photos in the museum! Here is one from the early days of the museum!
08/21/2019

We love to look at all of the photos in the museum! Here is one from the early days of the museum!

Only 2 more week ends that the Museum will be open! If you haven't had a chance to come in and visit, we would love to s...
08/21/2019

Only 2 more week ends that the Museum will be open! If you haven't had a chance to come in and visit, we would love to see you. We are open Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5 and closed Wednesdays. See you soon!

We are still looking for someone willing to pull this cute little wagon for the parade on Saturday at Old Settler's. Ple...
08/21/2019

We are still looking for someone willing to pull this cute little wagon for the parade on Saturday at Old Settler's. Please let me know if you or anyone you may know are interested. Thanks!

We are looking for someone who might be willing to pull this wagon during the Old Settler's day parade in Alexander. If you are interested please let us know. We will provide the candy to throw with it!!

08/20/2019
We are looking for someone who might be willing to pull this wagon during the Old Settler's day parade in Alexander. If ...
08/14/2019

We are looking for someone who might be willing to pull this wagon during the Old Settler's day parade in Alexander. If you are interested please let us know. We will provide the candy to throw with it!!

Today has been a busy day at the museum! Remember we will be closing for the season Labor Day. Come see us before then!
08/10/2019

Today has been a busy day at the museum! Remember we will be closing for the season Labor Day. Come see us before then!

This was donated to the museum yesterday, thank you Russ! Can anyone give me any additional information about this badge...
08/10/2019

This was donated to the museum yesterday, thank you Russ! Can anyone give me any additional information about this badge? Thank you!!

It is a beautiful day to visit the museum! Stop on by.We are open till 5 pm.
08/04/2019

It is a beautiful day to visit the museum! Stop on by.
We are open till 5 pm.

Always exciting to meet people from other countries and of course from AZ!!
08/01/2019

Always exciting to meet people from other countries and of course from AZ!!

Friends from Arizona and Australia… Thanks for stopping by!

We so enjoyed meeting our new friends from California yesterday. Thanks for stopping by and safe travels!
07/28/2019

We so enjoyed meeting our new friends from California yesterday. Thanks for stopping by and safe travels!

Another beautiful summer day! Thanks Stephanie for your help as assistant director!
07/27/2019

Another beautiful summer day! Thanks Stephanie for your help as assistant director!

Come join us at the Alexander City Park at 10 am....for the Teddy Bear Picnic!!! Bring your favorite teddy and a picnic ...
07/26/2019

Come join us at the Alexander City Park at 10 am....for the Teddy Bear Picnic!!! Bring your favorite teddy and a picnic lunch and enjoy a story and fun at the park with your kiddos!

07/23/2019

A great big thank you to the two young ladies that came to the museum to do some work for us as part of their confirmation process....Samantha Turnquist and Ally Cross.
Great job ladies, we appreciate your help. 🙂

The Holly hocks are in bloom. Stop by and see their beautiful flowers and visit our museum. We are open Mon-Sat 10-5, Su...
07/20/2019

The Holly hocks are in bloom. Stop by and see their beautiful flowers and visit our museum. We are open Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5 closed Wed.

See you Friday at the park...bring your teddy and a picnic lunch!!!
07/20/2019

See you Friday at the park...bring your teddy and a picnic lunch!!!

Thanks for stopping by Mr. Bransby from Manchester, England. We enjoyed our visit. Safe travels to you.
07/14/2019

Thanks for stopping by Mr. Bransby from Manchester, England. We enjoyed our visit. Safe travels to you.

Lewis and Clark Trail Museum's cover photo
07/13/2019

Lewis and Clark Trail Museum's cover photo

07/13/2019

Thank you to all who applied for the Assistant Director position. We have hired Stephany and she starts Monday. If you get a chance to stop by make sure and say hello!

Thank you to the Crain Trio for singing for us at our 50th Anniversary Celebration.  Your song was a beautiful gift to a...
07/06/2019

Thank you to the Crain Trio for singing for us at our 50th Anniversary Celebration. Your song was a beautiful gift to all listening. Thank you.

Thank you Pastor Kevin Beard for being available to do the Invocation and the Benediction at our 50th Anniversary Celebr...
07/06/2019

Thank you Pastor Kevin Beard for being available to do the Invocation and the Benediction at our 50th Anniversary Celebration on June 29th. Your willingness to help out at the museum is greatly appreciated. Thank as well for your company's work on the new signs for the museum. They look amazing!

By request, this is a copy of the poem LeAnna Halverson recited at the Lewis and Clark Trail Museum 50 year celebration ...
07/05/2019

By request, this is a copy of the poem LeAnna Halverson recited at the Lewis and Clark Trail Museum 50 year celebration last Saturday.

We will be closed today to celebrate with our family and friends. We will open tomorrow as usual at 10 o’clock. Have a w...
07/04/2019

We will be closed today to celebrate with our family and friends. We will open tomorrow as usual at 10 o’clock. Have a wonderful day!

Thank you to the Museum Board of Directors for all of their dedication to the museum and the 50th Anniversary Celebratio...
07/02/2019

Thank you to the Museum Board of Directors for all of their dedication to the museum and the 50th Anniversary Celebration that was on Saturday June 29th. Kathy Jess James, LeAnna Halverson, Crystal Porter, Britney Barnett, Chris Burke and Dillon Dyer. We could not have done it without them!!

Thank you Mr. Bob Petermann for entertaining us on Saturday the 29th at our 50th Anniversary Celebration. Your music is ...
07/02/2019

Thank you Mr. Bob Petermann for entertaining us on Saturday the 29th at our 50th Anniversary Celebration. Your music is inspiring!

Thank you Fort Buford Sixth Infantry for your participation and demonstration at our 50th Anniversary Celebration on Sat...
07/02/2019

Thank you Fort Buford Sixth Infantry for your participation and demonstration at our 50th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday the 29th.

Thank you to the Williston Cowboy's Drum & Bugle Corps for preforming at our 50th Anniversary Celebration!
07/02/2019

Thank you to the Williston Cowboy's Drum & Bugle Corps for preforming at our 50th Anniversary Celebration!

Thank you to our guest speaker Mr. Clay Jenkinson.Your knowledge of our area, Lewis & Clark and Governor & Mrs. Link is ...
07/02/2019

Thank you to our guest speaker Mr. Clay Jenkinson.
Your knowledge of our area, Lewis & Clark and Governor & Mrs. Link is very impressive. We all learned something new!

Thank you to our Guest MC...Dr. Paige Baker. We appreciate your willingness to share your knowledge with us at our 50th ...
07/02/2019

Thank you to our Guest MC...
Dr. Paige Baker. We appreciate your willingness to share your knowledge with us at our 50th Anniversary Celebration!

A great big thank you to all who came to our 50th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday  the 29th. We had an amazing turn ...
07/02/2019

A great big thank you to all who came to our 50th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday the 29th. We had an amazing turn out with over 180 people attending!

Thanks for stopping by Chuck and Gene from West Virginia!
06/30/2019

Thanks for stopping by Chuck and Gene from West Virginia!

06/29/2019
06/29/2019

Thank you Alesia Tanner from KUMVTV for coming to our museum yesterday to support our 50 year celebration at school today at 4 o’clock! It was greatly appreciated!

06/29/2019

Today is the day! Join us at 4pm for our 50th Anniversary Celebration! Join us for a great program, with Dr. Paige Baker, Mr. Clay Jenkinson, and Mr. Bob Petermann. The Williston Cowboy's Drum and Bugle Corps will be preforming. And we will have a demonstration from the Fort Buford Sixth Infantry and more! Parking is available at the school and park areas with wagon rides available to the museum. We look forward to seeing everyone there! PS....you might want to bring your umbrella!

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102 Indiana Ave E
Alexander, ND
58831

General information

The 2017 Season opens Memorial Day May 29, 2017 and closes for the winter Labor Day September 4, 2017. Hours are Monday-Saturday 10-5; Sunday 1-5; closed Wednesday. We offer free admission. Donations are always welcome.

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