The events they will visit portraying members of the expedition have been chosen on the basis of being considered of nationwide historical significance, having the potential of high visitation, and being multicultural in nature. As with the Lewis and Clark events, the reenactors will not only tell the story of the expedition, but also the Army story, as well as telling the public what the Corps of Engineers is all about on a national and agency-wide level.
During the Pueblo event, the Corps will be involved in two separate venues– an exhibit, and a living history display. The exhibit showcases Pike’s Western Expedition and some of his artifacts. They will set up a two-table exhibit manned by men in the army uniforms of the time period or uniformed Park Rangers. The two-table exhibit includes table covers with the Corps of Engineers logo on them, artifacts from the time period that the expedition would have carried, and two one-page handouts about the expedition and the Corps of Engineers.
The living history displays are actual campsites populated with reenactors portraying the daily life on the expedition.
Because the Pike expedition was contemporary with the time period of the Lewis and Clark, much of the camping equipment and layout is similar to a Lewis and Clark encampment. Members of Captain Pike’s Company include Corps of Engineers personnel and representatives of the Frontier Army Living History Association. The reenactors will set up a camp using the army regulations of the time period. The camp consists of one common tent for the captain and several additional common tents for the enlisted men and other members of the expedition. The many accoutrements that would have been taken by the expedition are also exhibited.