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OREGON EXPERIENCE: Searching for York

OPB | Oct. 7, 2008 10:19 p.m. | Updated: Dec. 5, 2013 11:13 a.m.

The Lewis & Clark Expedition was a pivotal moment in American history. But the story of York, a slave to William Clark and comrade on this journey, has been obscured by omission and stereotype. The next OREGON EXPERIENCE, “Searching for York,” paints a portrait of this unofficial member of the Corps of Discovery as it explores the ways in which history is written. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Monday, November 17 at 9pm as living history experts and interpreters help illustrate this man and moment in history.

York’s personal story is not well known, though the story of Lewis & Clark and the Corps of Discovery is. How is it that we as a culture remember some pieces of history and not others? G. Mitchell Reyes of Lewis & Clark College talks about the role of public memory in our understanding of history. In addition, some of what we know about York comes from the oral histories of various native peoples who encountered York as the Corps of Discovery made its way across the continent. Roberta Conner, director of the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, shares her thoughts on oral history tradition that may tie back to the expedition. Shot on location at Ft. Vancouver and Ft. Clatsop, “Searching for York” is an engaging look at a man shrouded in mystery.  

About OREGON EXPERIENCE
OREGON EXPERIENCE is an exciting new history series on OPB-TV that brings to life fascinating stories that help us understand who we are and that reinforce our shared identity as Oregonians. The series, co-produced by the Oregon Historical Society and Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB), takes advantage of the extensive film, video and stills from the archives of OHS and OPB, and draws upon the expertise of OHS researchers and historians. Each half-hour show features captivating characters — both familiar and forgotten — who have played key roles in building our state into the unique place we call home. Funding for OREGON EXPERIENCE is provided in part by Ann & Bill Swindells Charitable Trust, James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation and Oregon Cultural Trust. The OREGON EXPERIENCE Web site is opb.org/oregonexperience.

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