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A VIRTUAL TREK WITH LEWIS AND CLARK

IF YOU'RE LOOKING TO explore the frontiers of cyberspace, check out a new Web site about the 1804-06 Lewis and Clark mapping expedition through the Northwest. The Web site (www.pbs.org/lewisandclark) was launched this month by the Public Broadcasting Service to accompany its documentary on the expedition directed by Ken Burns, best known for his series on the Civil War.

The site is a history buff's dream. It includes a slew of interviews with well-known historians and writers, including Stephen Ambrose and William Least Heat-Moon, that you can listen to or read. The wide range of topics includes why Thomas Jefferson wanted the West for the U.S. and the historical significance of the expedition. There are also crisply presented maps, time lines, book references, and excerpts from journals of the expedition's seven members.

The site has a lighter side, too. It lets visitors play a game in which they can trace the explorers' trail and decide at crucial points which routes to take, when to shoot bears, and when to break for camp. One wrong move and you're dead. As a bonus, the Web site offers a Lewis and Clark screen-saver you can download and install.

EDITED BY PETER ELSTROM
Heather Green


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