Close up of Nevada Writers Hall of Fame medal and Silver Pen.

Clay Straus Jenkinson

2004 Silver Pen Awardee


Clay Straus Jenkinson is the director of The Dakota Institute, where he co-hosts public radio's The Thomas Jefferson Hour. Jenkinson first achieved fame for his portrayal (first-person historical interpretation) of Thomas Jefferson. On April 11, 1994, he was the first public humanities scholar to present a program at a White House-sponsored event when he presented Thomas Jefferson for a gathering hosted by President and Mrs. Clinton. He is the author of several books about American History, including The Character of Meriwether Lewis: Explorer in the Wilderness, and A Vast and Open Plain: The Writings of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in North Dakota, 1804-1806.