The 1905 Lewis & Clark Exposition

On Saturday, November 12, the Architectural Heritage Center [AHC] in Portland, OR will host a lecture by Dr. Carl Abbott, Professor Emeritus of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University, "The 1905 Lewis & Clark Exposition." Many of our chapter members will remember Dr. Abbott for his excellent book, The Great Extravaganza about that exposition. [1981].

The lecture is open to the public; the cost to AHC members—$12.00 and the general public—$20. Advanced reservations are recommended through:

or through the registration form in the Center's Fall 2016 newsletter, "News & Notes.”

The Center is a part of the Bosco-Milligan Foundation, and is located at 701 SE Grand Avenue, Portland, OR.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Regional Meeting

Minneapolis-St. Paul Regional Meeting set for September 17 to 19, 2016. The Illini Chapter of the LCTHF will host the meeting in the Twin Cities to explore the Lewis and Clark connections in the Upper Midwest.
  • Part 1 on Saturday and Sunday will feature tours of several sites of historic and cultural interest and a paddlewheel boat ride on the Mississippi River.
  • Part 2 on Monday will include a drive through St. Paul and down the Mississippi River to Wabasha, MN, where we will visit the National Eagle Center and then make a mystery stop at a special place.
Registration fee for Part 1 is $200.00 and includes all entrance fees, bus transportation, lunch, and dinner on both days. The fee for Part 2 is $75.00 and includes entrance fees, bus transportation and lunch.

A block of rooms has been reserved from Friday, September 16, through Tuesday, September 20, at the Best Western Dakota Ridge Hotel, 3450 Washington Dr, Eagan, MN. The cost is $89.00 plus tax per room per night (rate expires on August 26!) and includes parking, hot breakfast, and 24-hour shuttle service to/from MSP Airport and the Mall of America. Call 651-452-0100 and ask for the Lewis and Clark rate. The staff will provide instructions for the shuttle and directions to the hotel. You will not need a car during the meeting.

Registration is limited to 50 attendees for each part. Please contact Lou Ritten at or 708-354-7778 for more information and to register.

End of Summer Potluck Picnic at Cathedral Park

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM


Oregon chapter member, Dr. Steven McClure, will share recent discoveries and theories about the Lewis & Clark Expedition's exploration of the Willamette River, including maps that indicate where Captain William Clark's canoe party camped in what is now the North Portland, Oregon area on April 2, 1806." For background information, read this:

This great Explore More activity is being held at Cathedral Park beneath the St. Johns Bridge in Portland Oregon. Gary and Faye Moulton have indicated that they may be able to join us at the picnic, too, as they will be in the area.

To get to Cathedral Park, follow Hwy 30 west from downtown Portland. Go across the St. John’s bridge. Turn left on Ivanhoe. Go 2 blocks and turn left on Baltimore Avenue which aligns parallel with the bridge. Follow Baltimore down to the park. At the bottom of the hill you will come to a sign reading "Cathedral Park." Turn left at the "Cathedral Park" sign. The picnic area parking lot is to your immediate right. Free parking is also available on several side streets if that lot is full. You risk a fine if you park in the large parking lot for the boat ramp. (See attached maps at the bottom)

There are nine picnic tables, most of which have shade, between the restrooms at the boat launch area and this parking lot. We will gather in the center of the picnic area where Dr. Steven McClure will have our Chapter banner displayed. The Park’s L&C interpretive sign is only 15-20 yards from the nearby restroom.

Bring some food to share, your own utensils and your own chair(s) if you don’t want to sit on the bench of the picnic tables. Added feature for our really active members – You can hike up the hill to the sidewalk on the North side of the bridge and look down on Clark’s campsite.

Hope to see you there!

Tillamook Head Hike

 AKA Clark’s Point of View Date: Saturday, August 20, 2016
Time: 9:30 AM (at the N. Trail head)

Meet at the North Trail Head in Seaside to organize a car shuttle. State Park’s entrance fee of $5 per vehicle.

Please Note this is a 6.3 mile strenuous hike.
Carry a lunch, the ten essentials, and dress appropriately.

Directions to the North Trail Head: Travel west on Avenue U in S. Seaside, turn left on Ocean Vista Dr., travel to Sunset Blvd and continue to the end of the road.

Join us to retrace William Clark’s historic hike over Tillamook Head on his way to the beached whale to collect food for the Corps of Discovery. We will meet at the North trail head in Seaside and organize a car shuttle. Leaving some cars at this trail head we will drive to Les Shirley Park for a brief stop to view the location of McNeal’s Folly and Clarks Campsite of January 8, 1806. Then we will travel to Indian Beach and discuss the location of the Indian dwelling Clark described, the canoe burials on the hillside, and the Kitchen Middens from the old village between two creeks. Then we will start our hike. At the top of the first hill we will view WW2 era radar/observation bunkers as we pass to a view of the Point of Clark’s Point of View (Bird Point) and Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. As we proceed on we will obtains views of the Clatsop Spit and Clark’s Mountain before descending to the North Trail Head and retrieve our vehicles.

Seaport Celebration

Location: Port of Portland—Terminal 2

It's our Chapter’s fourth year at Seaport, which has moved from Terminal 4 to Terminal 2 at 3556 N.W. Front Avenue.  Free parking and admission to family-friendly fun.  There'll be interactive booths from harbor businesses, affordable jet boat rides, food, music, etc., including the Oregon Chapter booth.  Please contact Steven McClure at if you might drop by to share a little of what you know about the Corps with the kids of all ages. 

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

Captain Clark Park and Oregon Chapter Holiday Dinner

Join the Oregon Chapter of the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation for its annual celebration, with a local L&C site, a museum exhibit, a potluck dinner, a stimulating talk, and our annual business meeting.  Bring your friends and colleagues.  Many Washington Chapter members will attend.  Attend part or all of the scheduled events.

RSVP to or call 503-390-2886; please include number in party and names for dinner and your reservation for Two Rivers Heritage Museum Tour.

3:00 p.m.        Tour Captain Clark Park at Cottonwood Beach with Roger Daniels
                        South Index Street at South 32nd Street, Washougal, Washington
                        Meet at the Trailhead Parking Lot

William Clark, November 3, 1805: "... Passed a Small Prarie on the Stard. Side above, a large Creek opposit qk Sand River on the Stard. Side, extensive bottoms and low hilley Countrey on each Side (good wintering Place) ..."

Cottonwood Beach was one of the sites voted on for the winter camp, but lost out to Fort Clatsop. On the return trip, the Corps of Discovery camped here for six days from March 31 through April 6, 1806 while they gathered provisions and Clark led a group of men back down the Columbia to explore the Willamette River.

Lewis & Clark historian and Washougal resident Roger Daniels was instrumental in the development of Captain Clark Park, which was dedicated during the Bicentennial. Roger will lead a tour of Cottonwood Beach and share his experiences and insights on the creation of the park.

4:00 p.m.        Two Rivers Heritage Museum
                        1 Durgan St, Washougal, Washington
                        Admission Fee: $3 adults; $2 seniors, at the door

Tours of the Two Rivers Heritage Museum, highlighting the Corps of Discovery’s 6-day stay at Cottonwood Beach and exploration of the Mult-no-mah River, will be limited to 15. Make your reservation when you RSVP for the dinner. Tours will begin at 4:00 and 4:45 respectively.

Before or after your museum visit, you will have time to take the Pedestrian Tunnel that connects downtown Washougal to the Columbia River or shop at the Pendleton Outlet Store across the parking lot from the museum.
5:30 p.m.        “Lewis and Clark Contemporaries” with Tom McAllister and Potluck Dinner
                        Camas Community Center, 1718 SE 7th Ave, Camas, Washington
Dinner Cost: $10 at the door; includes meat and beverages. Plates, cups and tableware will be provided.

"Lewis & Clark Contemporaries"  Alexander MacKenzie, David Thompson and Simon Fraser explored  water routes to the Pacific in the same era, and a 4th Scot, the botanist/naturalist David Douglas, collected as a loner with superb survival skills.

Tom McAllister spent 40 years as the Outdoor Editor for The Oregonian and Oregon Journal. For the next 15 years he was a naturalist/historian with Lindblad Expeditions in Alaskan and Pacific Northwest waters. His volunteer work includes native plant restoration at Midway Island National Wildlife Refuge and leading field trips for Friends of the Columbia River Gorge and Audubon Society of Portland.  Tom served as president of the Oregon Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, The Flyfisher Foundation and Oregon Geographic Names Board.

Bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert to share and items you would like to contribute to the Silent Auction for our Education Fund. After dinner we will hold a brief annual meeting.           

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 no later than Sunday, August 16.
Hope to see you there!

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