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.

Picnic at Rooster Rock State Park



I-84 East - Rooster Rock State Park Exit

We have the Handicapped Group Area/Picnic Shelter “C” reserved. There is a $5.00 per car entrance fee to the park.

Bring your picnic basket with food and drink. We’ll provide ice.

Our own Re-Enactor Extraordinaire, Roger Wendlick, will share his story of the significance of this beautiful spot in the Columbia Gorge to the Corps of Discovery.

There are horseshoe pits next to our shelter, a field where badminton can be set up and disc golf is not far away. Bring the kids and grandkids and make it a fun day for all.

Questions can be directed to Thelma at 503/659-5590 or Thelma.Haggenmiller@gmail.com

Bridge Walk

Saturday September 6th, 9:00-9:30am. For a peaceful half an hour, the iconic Bridge of the Gods will be closed to motorized traffic, so pedestrians and bicycles can celebrate its breathtaking views. Explore what it's like to cross the bridge as a hiker on the PCT. Celebrate the bi-state connection of Gorge communities and economies. Learn about the efforts to make the bridge safer for pedestrians, bikes, and horses.


In the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, hub of world-class bicycle, hiking, and historic trails, the Bridge of the Gods sits at the convergence of The Columbia River Historic Highway, three National Historic Trails, and the Pacific Crest Trail. The Bridge is a beautiful asset to residents and visitors alike. At the same time, it has been referred to by many long-distance hikers and equestrians as the most treacherous part of the Pacific Crest Trail. Despite the fact that pedestrians, horses, bicyclists, and even casual tourists are permitted on the bridge, there’s no shoulder-the narrow lanes must be shared with constant two-way traffic.

The addition of a non-motorized pathway across the Bridge would radically transform the experience of countless cyclists, commuters, history buffs, photographers, students, families, and sight-seers. We now have an opportunity to take first steps towards this vision. We are working towards raising $18,000 for an engineering cost analysis. After contributions from four organizations, we have $5,000 left to go! During this event, consider contributing an optional bridge toll toward long term safety for non-motorized users.

Please, no pets. Use extreme caution with children. Meet at the Bridge of the Gods PCT trailhead area, near the tollbooth. Park in the Marine Park or downtown Cascade Locks. Following the bridge walk, enjoy the PCT Days festival that's ongoing at the Marine Park!

Contact Dana Hendricks of the Pacific Crest Trail Association: dhendricks@pcta.org; 541-844-9133

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Tongue Point

Come join us for a rare opportunity to step foot on the same beach William Clark and others camped on while Lewis was selecting the future site of their winter quarters at Ft. Clatsop. This is an exciting chance to visit Tongue Point, or “Point William”, as the expedition called it, which is on federally secured land and is not open to the public. Captain Bruce Jones, recently retired Coast Guard commander of sector Astoria will meet us at the security gate at Tongue Pt. where he, Tom Wilson, Mark Johnson and others will share the research that they and others have done. We will discuss the amazing history of Tongue Point beginning with native American history, its Ft. George connection, and its current use. We will also discuss our chapter's plans for new historical interpretation.

We will walk the beach and quite possibly see the same “butifull pebble of various Colours” that Clark described in his journals.

Feel free to come earlier to the Astoria area and explore on your own the many historical opportunities it has to offer, as well as SHOPPING!

For the Explore More event:
  • Meet at 1:30 pm at the security gate leading into the Tongue Point Job Corps (turn just east of the Crest Motel, a bit east of Astoria)
  • Bring sturdy shoes, we will walk on uneven terrain.
  • Expect to be out in the weather for 2 hours.

Please RSVP Tom Wilson, 503-325-6284 (wilson206@charter.net) if you are planning to attend, he needs to give numbers in advance to Capt. Jones to allow for security planning.

Note — Board members will also have a meeting at Ft. Clatsop at 11:00am the same morning.

Annual Lewis & Clark Paddle Event

Longtime chapter member Margaret
Miller rallies paddlers at the SkamakowaVista
Park put-in on the Lower Columbia.
See the Columbia River as Lewis and Clark saw it. Margaret Miller and I will lead our annual Lewis and Clark paddle trip on Saturday, June 28th, and we would like you to join us.

We will be paddling the same route as in years past, following the incoming tide

Columbia River & Sloughs, from Skamokawa to Cathlamet

We’ll paddle past two Wahkiakum Villages and note where Lewis and Clark did some trading.

If you are interested, please contact one of us to RSVP no later than Tues. June. 24th.



Paddlers will need to pack a lunch, water, and sunscreen. And, of course, you must wear a PFD (personal floatation device).
You will also need to bring:
  • $1.00 launch fee to box at Skamokawa Vista Park.
  • $2.00 take-out fee to be collected by Mark for Elochoman Slough Marina in Cathlamet.

Here is our time table:

  • 9:30 AM - Meet Mark at the YMCA in Longview to caravan to Cathlamet
  • 10:30 AM - Meet Margaret at Elochoman Marina in Cathlamet to drop extra vehicles, sign waivers, discuss float plan, then travel to Skamokawa
  • 11:30 AM - Start paddling from Skamokawa
  • 12:30 PM - Lunch at Hornstra Beach
  • about 2 PM - Arrive Elochoman Slough Marina

Refreshments and social time at Margaret’s house following paddle trip.

Note that we are not supplying boats so you must bring your own boat (canoe or kayak).
If you do not have a boat, you may be able to rent one at one of Alder Creek's locations (http://aldercreek.com).
If you are planning to rent a boat, please arrange it in advance, and be sure you can transport it.
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