Point William Interpretive Panel and Keith G. Hay Bench Dedication

Astoria Riverwalk at Alderbrook Lagoon

A little-known Lewis & Clark campsite is about to get some well-deserved recognition. On Saturday, November 7, the Oregon Chapter-Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation will dedicate an interpretive panel highlighting the Corps of Discovery’s 10-day stay at Point William (Tongue Point) and a bench honoring Keith G. Hay, long-time chapter leader. Join us at 2:00 p.m. for a celebration at the Alderbrook Lagoon at the eastern-most point of the Astoria Riverwalk.

On November 27, 1805 following their stays on the north shore of the Columbia River, the Corps of Discovery headed to the south shore to prepare for winter. Captain William Clark wrote:

“…we proceeded on between maney Small Islands passing a Small river of ____ yds wide which the Indians Call ___ and around a very remarkable point which projects about 1½ Miles directly towards the Shallow bay the isthmus which joins it to the main land is not exceding 50 yards and about 4 Miles around. We call this Point William”

Funding for this project was provided by the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation from the Lewis & Clark Trail Stewardship Endowment, a National Council of the Lewis & Clark Expedition Bicentennial Legacy Project; the Oregon Chapter-Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation; and friends and family of Keith Hay. Thanks to our partners for their assistance: Astoria Parks and Recreation, Tongue Point Job Corps, the Clatsop-Nehalem Tribe, the Astoria Chamber of Commerce and the National Park Service.

Keith G. Hay

A career professional in outdoor recreation and environmental management, Keith Hay co-authored a landmark study commissioned in 1962 by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Outdoor Recreation to define what later became the National Lewis & Clark Historic Trail. In those years of data-gathering along the Trail, he studied the rivers and land route in detail across 10 states. Years later he was instrumental in resurrecting the Oregon LCTHF Chapter, becoming its president. He was also deeply involved in planning the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial in Oregon as the vice president of LCBO’s board.

Keith’s book The Lewis and Clark Columbia River Water Trail, a Guide for Paddlers, Hikers, and Other Explorers was published before the Bicentennial. It was immediately sought after by canoeists and kayakers as well as those driving along both sides of the river from Bonneville Dam to the river’s mouth, pointing out not only historic places but safe passages and overnight camping spots. The Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation honored Keith with its Meritorious Achievement Award at the 2011 Annual Meeting. Keith died in 2013.

Oregon Chapter picnic with the Moultons at Ft. Clatsop

Event — Please join us for a special event with Lewis & Clark superhero Dr. Gary Moulton, editor of the Journals and noted L&C scholar, who is visiting Fort Clatsop this summer.  We’ll share a picnic with him and his wife and hold a Q&A session with him.
Time — Arrive around noon, we will eat shortly thereafter.  Or, arrive early and catch a program at the Fort.  You can also catch programs after visiting as well.  Park hours in the summer  are 9:00 AM–6:00 PM.
What to bring — This is a BYOP (bring your own picnic), place settings and anything you would like to share.  You might also want to bring a lawn chair to sit in while visiting.  There are nice covered picnic shelters with picnic tables and shade (we’re being optimistic)
Where — Picnic area near Ft. Clatsop Visitor’s Center parking lot.  Please try to carpool as there are a limited number of parking spaces which can fill on busy days.
Admission fee — There is a $3.00 park fee per person over 15, free admission for those under 16, also free if you have any passes such as Senior or National Park passes.  Please pay at the Visitor’s Center upon arriving.
After we eat there will be an informal question and answer time with Dr. Moulton

We are limiting this to 50 people – please RSVP Lyn Trainer at lyntrainer4@gmail.com no later than Sunday, August 16.
Hope to see you there!

Auto Tour to Pomp's Gravesite

On Saturday, June 6 the Idaho Chapter will host an auto caravan to Jordan Valley, OR to visit the grave of Sacagawea and Charbonneau's son, Jean Baptiste, better known to us as baby Pomp. After traveling with the Corps of Discovery, Jean Baptiste went on to have an adventurous life of his own, and died while traveling from California to the Idaho/Montana gold fields. We will visit his gravesite, the abandoned stage stop nearby, and learn more of the local history at the Heritage Museum in Jordan Valley.

One note, they really need to KNOW who is coming, so if this is something you'd like to hitch up with, PLEASE contact Sue by June 4 at the latest. Thanks!

Sue Buchel (retireinmt@yahoo.com or 406-788-8923)

Annual Columbia River Canoe/Kayak Paddle

It's coming up, everyone! Sometime in June or July we will be having our Annual Columbia River Canoe/Kayak Paddle near Skamokawa, Washington.

Watch for details!

Lewis & Clark: The Army Story with Lt. Col. Alisha Hamel – At Camp Withycombe

2:00-5:00 pm
No reservations required.
$5.00 donation requested

We look forward to hearing about Lewis & Clark from a military historian's perspective. In organization, funding, discipline, conduct, and appearance, the Corps of Discovery was a military expedition. That informs our understanding of the Expedition today.

Alisha Hamel from the Historical Outreach Foundation (HOF) is an experienced historical presenter. Her presentations include Lewis and Clark, Oregon's Role in WWII, Civil War in Oregon and she is also developing a WWI presentation and can do a presentation on One Woman's Role in Desert Storm.

She is a Lt. Col. in the Army Reserve and is the Command Historian for the Center of Military History in Washington DC. Alisha has finished a documentary about the 41st Infantry Division during WWII called "Jungleers in Battle" that premiered in Salem on September 18, 2012 which showed on OPB and the Pentagon Channel and has written many news articles.

Alisha has also been involved with Lewis and Clark since 2003, and was on the board that put on the Signature event for Oregon and Washington,
Destination the Pacific. She was in charge of the Opening Ceremony held at Fort Stevens and the following veteran's event. She was involved in Oregon 150 and put on the Oregon Ball that year. She has traveled the Lewis and Clark trail attending almost all of the Signature events along the trail.

Camp Withycombe
AFRC Room # 2103
10101 SE Clackamas Rd
Clackamas, OR  97015

Must show photo ID to enter the base.

Mike Carrick Collection

I am sure that most of you know Mike Carrick, and know about his historic gun collection, which includes a rare Girardoni air gun and other Lewis and Clark era weapons. Mike is a frequent contributor to We Proceeded On, does presentations about his collection, and also writes about guns for other publications. On February 21st, Oregon Chapter members will have a chance to peek inside Mike's collection and talk to him about them. Mike and Beverly have invited us to visit their home in Turner, Oregon (just south of Salem).

Date: February 21st, 2015 from 2PM to 5PM
Please RSVP to
Thelma for this special event.
We are limiting this to 25 attendees, and those who RSVP will get directions!

Oregon Chapter 15th Annual Holiday

(Sunday Events)

No reservations are required for Sunday’s events.


Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014
10:00 am
Salt Works At Seaside, Oregon

  • Presentation by Tom Wilson and Mark Johnson.
Intersection of Hwy 101 and Beach Dr.; turn right on Lewis & Clark Way. Park where available; walk west on L&C Way to Salt Cairn off the Promenade. Then drive to Cannon Beach, Oregon. (Take the Cannon Beach exit off Hwy 101, continue on N. Elm, which turns into 3rd St.)

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014
12:00 noon
Lumberyard Rotisserie & Grill—No-host lunch
  • Presentation by Dick Basch, American Indian Liaison—L&C National Historical Trail, on the NeCus' Village where Clark and party stayed during their visit to the whale.
264 3rd St., Cannon Beach. (503) 426-0285.

Suggested Lodging for the weekend: Astoria Crest Motel.

3 miles east of Astoria on Hwy 30 at 5366 Leif Erickson Dr.
Everyone is responsible for their own lodging. Use the code "hohnbaum" for the group room rates that the Chapter has arranged.

Oregon Chapter 15th Annual Holiday

(Saturday Dinner & Bus Tour)

The Oregon Chapter's 15th Annual L&C Holiday Activities are spread amid a weekend of Lewis & Clark explorations. These Activities will be held in Ilwaco, Washington and some places in Oregon.

You can partake in any and/or all of the scheduled Holiday Activities.

Just make your reservations as needed according to what you are going to participate in.


All are invited—members and guests alike! We welcome members of the Washington Chapter to join us.

Jim Sayce of the Washington State Historical Society will lead us on a Narrated Bus Tour of L&C Sites on the lower Columbia River, including Point Elise / Hungry Harbor / Cliff Point / and the Dismal Nitch Rest Area.

The TOUR is on Saturday, December 6, 2014
Tour is from
1:00 pm to about 5:00 pm
Firm Deadline: RESERVATIONS are REQUIRED by Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 (Bus capacity is limited but space is still available)

  • The tour will begin and end at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum (CPH) in Ilwaco, WA
    (360) 642-3446 The CPH Museum is one block off US Hwy 101 at 115 Lake St. SE Parking is available on the street.
  • Cost of transportation for this tour is $10.00 per person—pay on the bus.
  • PLEASE Contact Dick Hohnbaum to confirm your Bus Tour Reservations—include names and number in party
  • Dick Hohnbaum—hohnbaum@aol.com or call Dick with any questions: 503-390-2886
Bring your own lunch/snacks/beverage if you need something to eat/drink during the tour. For all who are coming on the tour—a kitchen is available at the Museum to store food in the refrigerator before the bus tour and to heat it up before the dinner. We will be using a School Bus provided through First Student Transportation.



The POTLUCK DINNER is on Saturday, December 6, 2014
The POTLUCK DINNER is scheduled for
5:00 pm
Firm DINNER Deadline: RESERVATIONS are REQUESTED by Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 (Space is still available)
  • The Dinner is being held at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum (CPH) in Ilwaco, WA (360) 642-3446 The CPH Museum is one block off US Hwy 101 at 115 Lake St. SE Parking is available on the street.
  • Cost for dinner is $10 per person and includes the Meat, Beverages and Table Service—Pay at the door.
  • You can also pay your 2015 membership dues of $15 per person at the same time!
  • PLEASE Contact Dick Hohnbaum to confirm your DinnerReservations—include names and number in party
  • Dick Hohnbaum—hohnbaum@aol.com or call Dick with any questions: 503-390-2886
We will hold a brief annual meeting and a silent auction to raise money for our Education Fund—please bring items to auction off.
After dinner Gloria Linkey will speak on “How Native American Women Helped Lewis & Clark”.

Suggested Lodging for the weekend: Astoria Crest Motel.

3 miles east of Astoria on Hwy 30 at 5366 Leif Erickson Dr.
Everyone is responsible for their own lodging. Use the code "hohnbaum" for the group room rates that the Chapter has arranged.

Return of the Mighty Condor

Lewis and Clark were amazed by giant birds they first described for science along the lower Columbia River. With wing spans as wide as 9 feet, the California Condor has not soared in our region for decades since most died from lead poisoning and poaching. For nearly ten years the Oregon Zoo and U.S. Fish and Wildlife experts have worked to bring back this ancient creature. Hear about this history and restoration effort from Dr. David Shepherdson who is credited with the program’s success. Suggested donation $3.00.  Tualatin Heritage Center is located at 8700 SW Sweek Drive in Tualatin. Parking is at the adjacent police station.

In Their Footsteps — Lost in the Fog, November 7, 1805

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop is pleased to announce the next In Their Footsteps free speaker series event. This program is Lost in the Fog, November 7, 1805 by Roger Wendlick. This is scheduled for Sunday, October 19, at 1:00 p.m.

 Mr. Wendlick will present an enlightening program about the Corps of Discovery's November 1805 arrival near the Columbia River Estuary. His talk will correct errors of Lewis and Clark Expedition history commonly taught in schools and published in books. Come early and look at many copies of original maps of the lower Columbia River and learn the truth about "Ocian in View."

 Roger Wendlick spent decades acquiring the premier collection of literature related to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. His collection is now in the Lewis & Clark College Aubrey R. Watzek Library in Portland. Wendlick is a recipient of the National Daughters of the American Revolution Award for Preservation of History and is a past board member of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. He is an internationally recognized historian who continues to study and write about aspects of the expedition with a particular focus on civilian interpreter George Drouillard. Wendlick is a delightful and knowledgeable storyteller.

This monthly Sunday forum is sponsored by the Lewis & Clark National Park Association and the park. These programs are held in the Netul River Room of Fort Clatsop’s visitor center and are free of charge.

For more information, call the park at (503) 861-2471.
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