Oregon Chapter of the
|Vice-President||Dr. Robert Holcomb||Corvallis|
1) To learn more about Lewis and Clark, especially with regards to the the time they spent in the Oregon and Washington area.
2) To monitor, maintain and enhance Oregon interpretive facilities, and to seek out new sites of interest.
3) To participate in bicentennial planning and activities.
4) To develop and share educational information with our schools and communities.
5) To learn what is happening in other states and at the national level.
Next, member Chet Loving described the Lewis & Clark Columbia River Water Trail Commission's efforts to produce a water trail guide. Fundraising for this venture is fairly secure, though the current plans only encompass the river from Bonneville Dam to the mouth of the Columbia. There is a strong desire to push the eastern boundary up to the junction with the Snake River.
A short discussion about other external fundraising efforts noted the following projects:
- Issuing of a bronze of Sacagawea by the city of Longview, WA.
- Issuing of a different bronze of Sacagawea by the city of Seaside, OR.
- Issuing of a Pendleton blanket by the Fort Clatsop Historical Association.
- Issuing of another Pendleton blanket by the national Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Council.
Finally, future Chapter meetings were discussed. Jay Rasmussen provided some details of the joint Washington/Oregon meeting to be held on April 25, 1999 in Longview, WA. Members of both chapters will embark on a two hour champagne brunch cruise with Cascade Sternwheelers on the Columbia River from 11:30 AM until 1:30 PM. Costs will be $27.95 for adults and $17.95 for children. RSVPs will be required and further information will be forthcoming in a chapter newsletter. It was also decided to hold a winter meeting somewhere in the Eugene/Corvallis area. The date of Saturday, January 9th was tentatively selected for this meeting. Further details on time, location and program details will also be forthcoming in a chapter newsletter.
The business portion of the meeting was adjourned promptly at 3:00 PM.
Following the business meeting, members were invited to tour the excavations underway inside the replica fort. At 3:30 PM in the Visitor Center's theater room, Dr. Kenneth Karsmizki, Historical Archaeologist with the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman Montana, presented a fascinating talk entitled Process of Discovery : Archaeological Exploration at Fort Clatsop National Memorial. He used slides of old photos, maps, land deeds, etc. to present the data, both good and bad, that he used in determining where to look for remnants of the original fort, its privies and bone heaps. Following his presentation, he stayed and answered questions from the audience until after 5:00 PM. At that time, members moved back to the Netul River room where a lavishly catered reception (thank you Cindy!) for Oregon Chapter members, Clatsop County Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Association members and other Clatsop County and Astoria officials met and talked.
After tallying additional memberships and dues received at this meeting the Oregon Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation has 46 enrolled members. Linda O'Connor, Chapter Treasurer, reports a total of $1,250.64 in the Chapter bank account at Key Bank. Both Linda O'Connor and President Keith Hay have signature authority for this account.
Oregon Chapter Secretary
September 23, 1998
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Posted: October 3, 1998
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