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Viola Research Associates, Inc. highlights the work and scholarship of Dr. Herman J. Viola, a curator emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Viola has written numerous books about American history, he has been an adjunct professor at several universities, and he is currently serving as the lead scholar for a new kindergarten through six grade social studies program developed by Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company.

He is also the lead historian for the middle schools social studies textbook, Why We Remember, published by Prentice Hall. A specialist in the history and exploration of the American West, Dr. Viola’s special interest has been the Lewis and Clark Expedition. For the past twenty years he and his wife Susan have been study leaders, working with Triple O Outfitters of Pierce, Idaho, on an annual horse back trip over the Lolo Trail in the Bitterroot Mountains of Idaho following the path the Corps of Discovery used during its difficult crossing. He also wrote the afterward and was the historical consultant for the National Geographic Society’s newly abridged edition of the Lewis and Clark journals. Presently, he is the historical consultant to the U.S. Mint for its new Lewis and Clark commemorative nickels series and he is a member of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation’s Third Century Committee.

This fall PBS will air a documentary titled In Their Footsteps about Dr. Viola and his efforts to preserve the Lolo Trail.