At long last, the CGSC Foundation’s holiday ornament for 2021 has arrived.
“After several delays, we were afraid getting the Lewis and Clark expedition ornament would become a two-year endeavor like the actual expedition,” said CGSC Foundation Director of Operations Lora Morgan. “But it has finally arrived and is available at both the CGSC Foundation and Frontier Army Museum gift shops.”
The 2021 ornament commemorates the Lewis and Clark “Corps of Discovery” expedition which passed through the area that would later become Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Explorers Captain Meriwether Lewis and Lieutenant William Clark are featured in silhouette, wearing dress uniforms and carrying a looking glass and musket. Also in silhouette is Seaman, Lewis’ black Newfoundland dog that accompanied them on their journey. The expedition map is behind them, with a compass rose above.
The Lewis and Clark expedition set off from St. Louis, Missouri in 1804. The Corps of Discovery traveled the Missouri River for a time, exploring the area that would later become Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. (It is this portion of the expedition map that is used in the ornament design.) The expedition reached the Oregon coast in November 1805, began their return trip in spring 1806, and concluded their journey in September 1806.
The 2021 ornament is currently available online at the CGSC Foundation’s online gift shop, and is also available at both of the CGSC Foundation’s two Fort Leavenworth gift shop locations – the main gift shop in the Lewis and Clark Center (100 Stimson Ave., Suite 1149) or the Frontier Army Museum gift shop (100 Reynolds Ave.).
The CGSC Foundation has produced a new ornament each year since 2006. The ornaments are made by Beacon Design, the company responsible for the annual White House ornament. CGSC Foundation staff design each new ornament, crafting a collection that celebrates Fort Leavenworth and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. – Shop the complete CGSC Foundation’s annual Christmas ornament collection in our online gift shop.