Jan. 24, 2003

Contact: Lisa Eitner, Oread Books, (785) 864-4431.

KU alum Robert E. Hartley to sign copies of new book on Lewis & Clark expedition

LAWRENCE -- Robert E. Hartley, 1958 University of Kansas journalism graduate, will discuss and sign his book "Lewis and Clark in the Illinois Country: The Little-Told Story," from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at Oread Books in the Kansas Union at KU.

"Lewis and Clark in the Illinois Country" focuses on the prelude to the expedition, from the American Revolution to 1803, and the crucial six months in winter 1803-04 the explorers spent in the Illinois country, recruiting and gathering supplies and information. Traders, merchants and other explorers gave them valuable knowledge about the challenges ahead, such as relations with Native American tribes.

Hartley has written about Illinois history and politics for more than 40 years. He began his career in 1962 as a reporter and editor on the Metro-East Journal, and he later became managing editor of the Decatur Herald and the Sunday Herald and Review, editor of the Decatur Herald and Review, editor of Lindsay-Schaub newspapers, executive editor of the Toledo (Ohio) Blade and publisher of the Journal-American in Bellevue, Wash. From 1986 to 1999 he worked in public relations in Seattle. He lives in Westminster, Colorado.

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