St. Clair Museum Bicentennial Run/Walk

The Walk/Run starts and ends at the Museum, located at 560 S. Main Street, St. Clair, MO  63077.  Runners/Walkers and those cheering from the sidelines are invited to tour the museum as it will be open.

Immediately following the 5K, at 1:00pm, join us for a special presentation.

Henry Rowe Schoolcraft (as portrayed by Dr. Eric (Rick) Mansfield) will visit the St. Clair Museum for a program on his recent 200th anniversary  re-creation of Schoolcraft’s 900 mile Journey Through the Ozarks, 1818 to 1819.

Schoolcraft was a New Yorker educated in chemistry, mining and mineralogy, who after fired from a New York glassworks, came west to Potosi to write a report on the lead mines of Missouri in 1817. He and a companion Levi Pettibone, embarked on a tour of the Ozarks in the fall of 1819, concluding on February 4, 1819 at Potosi. He wrote the description of the mines, but in 1821 published his travel account,  the Journal of a Tour into the Interior of Missouri and Arkansaw. It was the first written account of the interior of the Ozarks, from Potosi to the Current River country, roughly following it upstream to the James River, and Bull Shoals area, then looping back through northern Arkansas and thence back to Potosi.

Rick Mansfield undertook this same journey late last fall, in costume and stopping at most of the places in the Journal and concluding this Feb. 4th. Schoolcraft was a young man of 25 when he made his trek; Mansfield is more that twice that and married, so he took the trip in stages. He documented his trip in a journal and as appropriate for the 21st century, with short Facebook videos, and plans to write his journey, just as Schoolcraft did. He will be making his first person presentation for us at 1 p.m. on May 4th, after the conclusion of the 2nd Annual Walk-Run at the Museum.


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