In August 1805, nearly two years after their epic journey began, the first shipment of materials gathered by explorers Lewis & Clark arrived in Washington, DC.

This was no standard delivery. It contained numerous previously unknown plants, cages with live animals, crates with bones, rocks, fossils, and much more.

Learn more about these wonders from the West in a livestream from Monticello, Jefferson’s home in Charlottesburg VA.

Thomas Jefferson, interpreted by Bill Barker, discusses the arrival of an amazing assortment of objects—plants, animals, minerals, maps, journals, and Native American gifts—sent by Lewis & Clark from Fort Mandan to the President’s House in Washington, D.C.

See the video here