Oregon Chapter LCTHF

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  Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation  

  Spring Council Meeting Report  
  April 25, 1999, Longview, WA  

Spring Council Meeting, Longview, WA -
Our Spring Council Meeting was held in Longview, WA in partnership with the Washington Chapter. Many started their day enjoying a champagne brunch cruise aboard the sternwheeler Columbia Gorge. The program meeting started after the cruise at 2:35 pm in the St. Rose Parish Center. Murray Hayes, president of the Washington Chapter, started off the meeting with a welcome and a quick overview of the meeting agenda. He next introduced Keith Hay, president of the Oregon Chapter. Keith reported that the Bicentennial Council is evaluating and inventorying existing and proposed Lewis and Clark sites along the Columbia River for protection and interpretation. He commended Dave Nicandri and the Washington Governor's Committee for their role in taking the initiative to identify sites for the bicentennial. Mr. Hay also reported that the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation (LCTHF) is forming a Trail Stewardship Project to evaluate what exists and what needs to be done for sites along the trail prior to "the threat of discovery" which will result from bicentennial tourism. Each chapter will receive a form to complete concerning sites in their respective states.

Murray Hayes then thanked specific members for various contributions of time and effort in support of the Washington Chapter. Pam Andersen, Washington Chapter secretary, announced their newsletter deadlines and encouraged members to submit articles and information.

Ron Laycock, LCTHF Chapter Liaison relayed greetings from the National Foundation and noted that the Foundation now has over 2,500 members.

Barb Kubik presented the new Curriculum Resource Guide produced through a six year effort by the LCTHF Education Committee. This cross-curriculum guide was reviewed by a number of experts for accuracy and contains many creative ideas on how to associate the Lewis and Clark expedition to lessons in the classroom. Copies of the guide can be ordered from the Foundation for $40.00 plus $6.00 for shipping.

Sacajawea Statue

Murray Hayes then introduced Wendy Kosloski of the Longview Public Service Group (1339 Commerce Ave., Suite 104, Longview, WA 98632). This group is trying to raise $160,000 in private funding in order to place a Sacagawea statue in Longview's Sacajawea Park by November 2000. Wendy introduced artist Tag Richards, who discussed the various elements of his work using a small model of the statue, which they brought for display purposes.

Murray next introduced Doc Wesselius, Washington Chapter board member and program chairman. Doc began by announcing future Washington Chapter meeting plans including a July 17, 1999 Tri-State (Idaho, Oregon and Washington) Chapter Bicentennial Workshop, field trip and lecture by Dr. Gary Moulton at 7:00 p.m., at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center in Stevenson, WA. Doc then began the program portion of his talk, which discussed aspects of the expedition as they traveled from Beacon Rock to the Pacific Ocean.

Joyce as Sacagawea

Keith Hay introduced Joyce Badgley Hunsaker. Joyce is a member of both the Washington and Oregon Chapters and presented a fascinating living history program wherein she portrayed Sacagawea. Her flawless presentation kept the audience spellbound with her words and motions as she shared "her" experiences of growing up and becoming attached to the Lewis and Clark expedition.

The general meeting adjourned at 4:00 pm and was followed by separate Washington and Oregon Chapter board meetings.

At the Oregon Chapter board meeting, Keith gave an update on the National Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Council's Planning Workshop (April 21-24, 1999). This was followed by much discussion about the Oregon Lewis and Clark Site Assessment Survey project. By general consensus, the first step was acknowledged to being the compilation of a list of all Lewis & Clark sites in Oregon including those that are already marked with interpretive signs and sites of importance that should be marked and/or preserved. Using the site survey forms that should be forthcoming in June, volunteers can pick sites from the list to evaluate the site's condition and its interpretive, renovation and protection needs.

A field trip to "Clark's Point of View" was tentatively scheduled for Saturday June 12, 1999, starting from Ecola State Park. Another tentative event was a dinner and lecture by Dr. Gary Moulton on June 18, 1999 at the Governor Hotel in Portland. Dr. Moulton is also scheduled to speak at Fort Clatsop on June 26, 1999. The Tri-State Chapter Bicentennial Workshop on July, 17th at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center in Stevenson, WA, was noted as another upcoming event and opportunity to hear a lecture from Dr. Moulton. Further details of these events will be available in the next Chapter newsletter.

Jay Rasmussen, Oregon Chapter Secretary reported that the Chapter now has 122 members and a balance of $1,299.00. It was decided that the next Chapter newsletter should go out before the end of May.

The board meeting adjourned around 5:00 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Jay Rasmussen
Secretary, OR LCTHF
May 7, 1999

Pre-meeting agenda and information.

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Posted: May 5, 1999
Updated: May 7, 1999

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