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President’s Message

President

Mark Johnson, President
Oregon Chapter, Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation

Dear Members:

Welcome to the website of the Oregon Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation.

We are a group of more than 150 members, young and old, who are fascinated with the story of the
Lewis and Clark Expedition.

There are many facets to explore, and each of us is drawn to it for our own reasons. Some of our members enjoy following in the footsteps of the explorers, going into classrooms to share stories and hands-on replicas, or putting on authentic buckskins to make salt at Seaside each summer. Some of us collect books, write books, or write books about collecting books. We all enjoy reading about the expedition, and sharing our thoughts about what we've learned.

Nearly every month, we gather at various locations around the region to hear speakers, learn about Columbia River tribal life then and now, perform a service project, hike a trail, look for plants identified by Lewis, debate where the explorers might have camped, fix up an interpretive sign, or visit a place Lewis and Clark described but had no time to explore.

Even though the official
Bicentennial of their visit to the Northwest culminated in 2006, we are glad to see teachers still taking their students out along the Trail, and to hear that the Boy Scouts are planning a new awards program for children and youth who follow the footsteps or paddlestrokes of the original Corps of Discovery.

I invite you to join us on this continued exploration.

Sincerely,

Mark Johnson

President,
Oregon Chapter
Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation


A Note From Your Webmaster

Your webmaster would like to take a moment also to thank Dick for his years of dedicated service! I have fond memories of meeting with the board over a meal some many years back, but two people have been the face of OR-LCTHF for me: Dick Hohnbaum and Ted Kaye. He may not be the one who originally found me, back when I was working on the Washington Chapter website, but he has remained in memory, all these years that I have been away from Washington, down here in Memphis, TN.

I hope that the site will continue to be a fresh, inviting and useful place for us to meet on the web, and share our love of the big adventure that started it all — thanks in large part to Dick and Ted.

Sincerely,