Living history brings past to life

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OLIVE BRANCH - Hundreds of DeSoto County School students got an up close look at life during the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1803-1806 at a living history encampment on the grounds of the Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center in Olive Branch Thursday.

Tom Ronk, of Jefferson City, Mo., presided over the 55-foot replica of the keelboat that carried Lewis and Clark as far as they could navigate on river before embarking overland.

The replica was trucked to the site from St. Charles, Mo., where it stays dry-docked for most of the year.

"I've always loved history," Ronk said. "What better way to educate young people than something like this which they can see, feel and touch and hopefully learn about."

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