Jon Burpee Reception

Please join us for a reception to welcome Jon Burpee, the new superintendent of the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park.

This is a great opportunity for us to continue our partnership with both the Historical Society and Fort Clatsop.

I am hoping for a great show of support, please mark your calendars.

Please RSVP to Thelma Haggenmiller (

A donation is requested to help with the cost of catering, etc.

Celilo Falls Commemoration

April 29-30: To commemorate 60 years since Celilo Falls was silenced, the Oregon and Washington chapters will be going up the Columbia River Gorge to explore several areas of interest and to camp at MaryHill state park.

April 29 Saturday 10:00 AM ‘Tsagaglalal-She Who Watches’ pictograph/and petroglyph Tour at Columbia Hills State Park (Horse Thief Lake) which is on Washington Hwy 14 about 2 miles east of Dallesport/The Dalles. The tour and related sites may take up to 2 hours. Space is limited to 20 people, reservations required, send confirmation to Rennie Kubik at (Please arrive by 9:45 AM for pictograph/petroglyph tour)

12:30 Potluck and Chapter meetings at Celilo Park I-84 exit 97

1:30 Geologist Glen Kilpatrick speaking on the geology of the Celilo Falls area. We will also view Celilo Canal, and Expedition campsites and portage routes in the Wishram area.

2:30 Maryhill Museum of Art

Time permitting other trips to Oregon Trail marker near Biggs Junction, Overland Trail route down Maryhill Canyon, Stonehenge Memorial, Maryhill Winery and Wishram Historic Locomotive 1923 Great Northern 2507 P2 4-8-2 locomotive and tender.

6:00 Evening campfire Maryhill State Park Group Camp

Camping accommodations at Maryhill State Park (reservations here or Peach Beach RV Park at 509-773-4927, or Deschutes River State Recreation Area (OR State Parks) or LePage Park (USACE), or contact Rennie Kubik at or 360-546-5949 for group camping at Maryhill Park.

April 30 Sunday 10:00 AM Washington and Oregon Chapters Tour of Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, OR then travel to Rowena Summit for a view of Mount Adams, and depart for home.

OCTA-LCTHF Symposium

The Oregon-California Trails Association and the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation present the Vancouver: Layers of History on the Columbia River Symposium on Saturday April 1 and Sunday April 2, 2017. The Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, WA, is symposium Headquarters. The symposium will focus on the Ice Age Floods and their influence on regional geography, local American Indian populations, early explorers, the fur trade, Lewis and Clark, the Oregon Trail, and Fort Vancouver. Reserve your discounted room at $125/night (normal price $148; special rate expires on March 8) by mentioning OCTA when calling the Heathman Lodge at (888) 475-3100.

Register Online


  • Thursday, March 30, 2017 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM: OCTA committee meetings and LCTHF Board meeting
  • Friday, March 31, 2017 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM: OCTA and LCTHF Board Meetings 
    • 05:00 PM: Registration Table opens 
    • 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM: No-host Reception
  • Saturday, April 1, 2017 07:30 AM: Registration Table opens 
    • 08:00 AM: Opening remarks and welcome from OCTA and LCTHF presidents 
    • 08:10 AM: Dr. Steven Fountain, "Overview of the Columbia River: The Ice Age Floods to the Present" 
    • 08:40 AM: Bob Setterberg, "The Missoula Floods: A Mega-Transformation of the Pacific Northwest" 
    • 09:40 AM: Sam Robinson and Sarah Hill, "The Chinook and the Cathlapotle Plankhouse at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge" 
    • 10:20 AM: Alys Weber, "Scottish Fur Traders and Their American Indian Wives" 
    • 11:00 AM: Barb Kubik, "We Proceeded On....Down the Grand Columbia River: The Corps of Discovery in Present Day Clark(e) County" 
    • 12:00 PM: Lunch 
    • 01:00 PM: Bob Cromwell, "The Fur Trade and Forts Vancouver and Colville" 
    • 02:00 PM: Richard Engstrom, "Clark County Descendant of Eight Oregon Trail Families" 
    • 02:30PM: Larry Bafus, "A.J. Bolon, 1845 Oregon Trail Emigrant, First Sheriff of Clark County, and His Death at Yakima" 
    • 3:00 PM: Speaker TBD, "The 1853 Oregon Trail Journal of Amelia Stewart Knight" 03:30 PM: Lethene Parks, "Peter Skene Ogden: Canadian, Explorer, Trapper, and Chief Factor at Fort Vancouver" 
    • 04:00 PM: Tanisha Harris, "20th Century African-Americans From Texas on the Oregon Trail and the Kaiser Shipyards in WWII" 04:30 PM: "Pearson Airfield at Fort Vancouver and Ezra Meeker's 1924 Flight Over the Oregon Trail" 
    • 05:00 PM: Cocktail hour 
    • 06:00 PM: Dinner 
    • 07:00 PM: Special Presentations 
    • 07:10 PM, Keynote Speaker Jack Nisbet, "The Mighty Columbia: Its Geography, Flora and Fauna, and the Fur Trade"
  • Sunday, April 2, 2017 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM: Bus Tour - "Ridgefield to Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuges and the Lewis and Clark and Oregon National Historic Trails in the Greater Vancouver Region," Bradley Richardson, Curator at the Clark County Historical Museum, Tour Leader (limited to the first 50 registrations). Remember to bring hats, windbreakers, and sunscreen. The weather can be unpredictable at this time of year"

Location:Vancouver, WA

The Literary Corps of Discovery: The Impact of Lewis & Clark and the American Imagination

"The Literary Corp of Discovery: The Impact of Lewis & Clark and the American Imagination" presented by Library Director Doug Erickson. From Thomas Jefferson's hand-selected traveling library for Meriwether Lewis, to the artistic and literary impact of the Corp of Discovery on 19th century America, the Lewis & Clark Expedition has had a rich cultural history. This talk will explore these areas using multiple visual and textual examples of the influences and effects of America's most famous expedition.

Doug Erickson is the Library Director of the West Linn Public Library Previous to his present position at West Linn, Doug Erickson had been Associate Director of the Watzek Library, and Head of Special Collections and Archives at Lewis & Clark College from 1991-2015. He is co-author of five books including, William Stafford : an Exhibit Catalog and Bibliography (Lewis and Clark College: Ash Creek Press, 2000), The Literature of the Lewis and Clark Expedition A Bibliography and Essays (Lewis and Clark College, 2003), and Jefferson's Western Explorations: Discoveries Made in Exploring the Missouri, Red River and Washita by Captains Lewis and Clark, Doctor Sibley, and William Dunbar (Arthur H. Clark, 2004). William Stafford, A Bibliography, (Oak Knoll Press, 2013)

He has curated, lectured, and written text for exhibits on the American West that have been mounted at the Library of Congress, M.I.T, University of Virginia, CUNY- Graduate Center, The Jefferson Library at Monticello, American Philosophical Society, Academy of Science, Boston Athenaeum, University of Washington, University of Oregon, and The University of San Francisco. Doug has also been on this American Life, OPB, and Good Morning America, and been a research consultant for ABC Entertainment, PBS, HBO, Ken Burns Florentine Films, and other media and entertainment outlets.

Doug has served as a consultant for academic researchers and organization including, The Smithsonian, The Library of Congress, National Public Radio, Yale University, The University of California-Berkeley, and Stanford University. He has also taught courses on the American West, as well as on Archives and Special Collections at Portland State University, Emporia State University, and the University of Illinois, and been a consultant to many government agencies, universities and colleges, business, and non profits regarding Lewis and Clark, Archival Management, Books, and Libraries.

He is the past president of the NorthWest Area Archivists Association, Mountain Writers Series, and past vice president of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation's Oregon Chapter.

More Info:

Oregon Chapter's Christmas Potluck Dinner and Annual Meeting

Newsletter 9-16-6
The Oregon Chapter will host our annual holiday potluck 4–7 PM on December 3, 2016, at the Oregon coast at Fort Clatsop.

Lorna Hainesworth, the Maryland author, will speak on “The Corps and the War of 1812”. She last visited our chapter in 2010, when touring the West Coast.

The $10 fee will fund a meat dish and all the utensils, donations will fund the wine, and participants will bring the rest of the food and beverages “pot luck”.

Meriwether Lewis' Branding Iron


Hear the OHS (Oregon Historical Society) Executive Director, Kerry Tymchuk, discuss the branding iron Meriwether Lewis carried with him on the Corp’s Journey west.

This opportunity has been arranged for the Chapter members of OR-LCTHF (Lewis and Clark Trails Heritage Foundation) only and is not open to the general public.

Reservations are required for this event.

Meet in the Lobby at 10:30 AM

503-222-1741 – OHS #
Please contact: Jerry Aalfs via or at 503-313-6568.

Cost of $15.00 per person includes lunch – Collected at the door via Cash or by check made out to ‘OR LCTHF’

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.
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