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President’s Message


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 200 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.


Mark Johnson

Oregon Chapter
Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation

A Note From Your Webmaster

First of all, I would like to thank each of you for giving me the opportunity to work on the website for the Oregon Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. I’ve really enjoyed doing this over the years. A lot has changed since I first started working on the website in 2006, both in the design of the site, and also in the underlying structure of the Internet itself.

And now, with the launch of this new design, I hope the site continues 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!