As difficult as it's been to come down from the Rocky Mountain High of last year's Louisiana Purchase Expedition Bicentennial Fever (Mr. Night is still in his buckskin leisure suit), we must accept that those heady days of Lewis & Clark mania are over. But there were other discovery expeditions after the Corps of Discovery, and there's no reason we can't get psyched over lesser-known but no less important explorers such as Colonel John James Abert or Major William Hemsley Emory. Abert established the Army Corps of Topographical Engineers, and Emory wrote a three-volume report on the Southwest. It is men such as these, and the Army itself, that are celebrated in Beyond Lewis & Clark: The Army Explores the West, a special exhibition at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org) through January 8, 2006. Learn how the U.S. Army explored, mapped and photographed the West using the latest technology; admission is $3 to $6 (but free on Tuesdays).
Looks like The Creature has something stuck in his teeth -- it could be you (see Monday).