A Convenient Situation to Make Salt

Tom Wilson, retired Astoria teacher and National Park Service Ranger at Fort Clatsop, reviews the history of salt as currency, seasoning and preservative and how he and others re-enact Lewis and Clark’s time at today’s Seaside where the explorers harvested several bushels of sea salt in the winter of 1805/1806. The program is presented in cooperation with the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. Donations accepted. Samples of today’s Pacific saltmaking will be provided by Jacobsen Salt, a Portland gourmet salt company which harvests its salt in 2017 at Netarts Bay on the Oregon Coast.

The Horses of the Corps of Discovery

Presented by Allen ‘Doc’ Wesselius

Tualatin Heritage Center
8700 SW Sweek Drive
Tualatin, OR 97062
(next to the Tualatin Police Station)

"Across the Dividing Range with the horses of the Lewis and Clark Expedition" focuses on the important role that horses played in the transport and success of the Corps of Discovery. Many questions on the involvement of horses during the expedition's journey through the Pacific Northwest will be discussed. A contemporary evaluation compared to the historical record of the expedition's journalists helps to provide some of the answers for the questions pertaining to horses contemplated by students and historians of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

The Missoula Floods: A 5,000-Year Mega-Transformation of the Pacific Northwest

Tualatin Heritage Center
8700 SW Sweek Drive
Tualatin, OR 97062

Lewis & Clark noted the geologic features of the Columbia Gorge, little suspecting their origin in the Missoula Floods. Follow these giant floods from their inception in Western Montana all the way to the Pacific Ocean, through an engaging presentation by Bob Setterberg. Gain a better understanding of the huge impact these floods had then and still have today.

Bob has been a docent at the Oregon History Museum since 2005. He retired from Regence BlueCross Blue Shield in 2003 after 26 years where he was in charge of sales and marketing activities for all national account business. Bob is a lifelong resident of Oregon and a graduate of Portland State University with a BS in education with a focus on U.S. history.

No charge to members or the public. Thursday, February 4, 2016 7:30–9:00 PM

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.

Medicine, Madame Charbonneau & Pomp

Renowned Lewis and Clark Scholar Appears at Tualatin Heritage Center — 

Sacagawea and Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau
When the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804-1806 crossed the continent, they brought a variety of medicine with them which the captains used to treat the members of the Corps of Discovery, including Sacagawea and her child Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau. Along the way, Sacagawea also used medicinal plants which she identified for Lewis and Clark. What medicines did she and her baby receive? What native remedies did she introduce to our culture?

John Fisher of Lewiston, Idaho will answer these questions as he shares his new presentation entitled "Medicine, Madame Charbonneau & Pomp”. He will also show examples of these medicines and other items from his vast collection of Lewis and Clark medical supplies and books.

A retired high school teacher, Mr. Fisher has spent many years studying and teaching about Lewis and Clark, earning several teaching awards and a reputation as one of the most knowledgeable people about the expedition. He currently serves as an interpretive consultant to the Fort Mandan Foundation for the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn, North Dakota. Mr. Fisher has written a number of articles about various aspects of the expedition, ranging from medical topics to the techniques used in making elk-skin ropes. In addition, he has frequently been called upon to review book and article manuscripts for noted authors.

The presentation is sponsored jointly with the Oregon Chapter, Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. The Tualatin Heritage Center is located at 8700 SW Sweek Drive adjacent to Tualatin Police Station. The presentation is free but donations are welcome.

For further information, contact Mark Johnson (503) 805-6691 - markbarb2@comcast.net

Northwest History Detective Appears at Tualatin Heritage Center

Oregon might have been part of Canada today if Captain John McClallen had not interrupted British plans. Northwest historian John C. Jackson will share this story from his new book on Tuesday, June 7 at Tualatin Heritage Center, 7 p.m. The book is titled By Honor and Right: How One Man Boldly Defined the Destiny of a Nation.

McClallen followed Lewis and Clark West of the Rockies in 1807-08 on a mission to further define the international fur trade race. He was the first U. S. officer to claim the Pacific Northwest as far north as 50 degrees north latitude.

While pushing up the Missouri River on his journey West, he picked up one of the boatmen who helped Lewis and Clark get their keelboat as far as present-day North Dakota. Francois Rivet later settled in French Prairie, Oregon and is buried at the St. Paul Catholic Church cemetery.

Jackson, who lives in Olympia, Washington, has been described as an original history detective. He recently co-authored a book with Thomas Danisi dealing with the death of Meriwether Lewis in 1809. His other books on Pacific Northwest history include The Piikani Balckfeet: A Culture Under Siege and Jemmy Jock Bird: Marginal Man on the Blackfoot Frontier.

The presentation is sponsored jointly with the Oregon Chapter, Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. The Tualatin Heritage Center is located at 8700 SW Sweek Drive adjacent to Tualatin Police Station. The presentation is free but donations are welcome.

(For further information, contact Larry McClure, 503-476-4882, larry.mcclure@gmail.com)
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