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.

Oregon Chapter's Christmas Potluck Dinner and Annual Meeting

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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”.

Oregon Chapter picnic with the Moultons at Ft. Clatsop

Event — Please join us for a special event with Lewis & Clark superhero Dr. Gary Moulton, editor of the Journals and noted L&C scholar, who is visiting Fort Clatsop this summer.  We’ll share a picnic with him and his wife and hold a Q&A session with him.
Time — Arrive around noon, we will eat shortly thereafter.  Or, arrive early and catch a program at the Fort.  You can also catch programs after visiting as well.  Park hours in the summer  are 9:00 AM–6:00 PM.
What to bring — This is a BYOP (bring your own picnic), place settings and anything you would like to share.  You might also want to bring a lawn chair to sit in while visiting.  There are nice covered picnic shelters with picnic tables and shade (we’re being optimistic)
Where — Picnic area near Ft. Clatsop Visitor’s Center parking lot.  Please try to carpool as there are a limited number of parking spaces which can fill on busy days.
Admission fee — There is a $3.00 park fee per person over 15, free admission for those under 16, also free if you have any passes such as Senior or National Park passes.  Please pay at the Visitor’s Center upon arriving.
After we eat there will be an informal question and answer time with Dr. Moulton

We are limiting this to 50 people – please RSVP Lyn Trainer at no later than Sunday, August 16.
Hope to see you there!

In Their Footsteps — Lost in the Fog, November 7, 1805

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop is pleased to announce the next In Their Footsteps free speaker series event. This program is Lost in the Fog, November 7, 1805 by Roger Wendlick. This is scheduled for Sunday, October 19, at 1:00 p.m.

 Mr. Wendlick will present an enlightening program about the Corps of Discovery's November 1805 arrival near the Columbia River Estuary. His talk will correct errors of Lewis and Clark Expedition history commonly taught in schools and published in books. Come early and look at many copies of original maps of the lower Columbia River and learn the truth about "Ocian in View."

 Roger Wendlick spent decades acquiring the premier collection of literature related to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. His collection is now in the Lewis & Clark College Aubrey R. Watzek Library in Portland. Wendlick is a recipient of the National Daughters of the American Revolution Award for Preservation of History and is a past board member of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. He is an internationally recognized historian who continues to study and write about aspects of the expedition with a particular focus on civilian interpreter George Drouillard. Wendlick is a delightful and knowledgeable storyteller.

This monthly Sunday forum is sponsored by the Lewis & Clark National Park Association and the park. These programs are held in the Netul River Room of Fort Clatsop’s visitor center and are free of charge.

For more information, call the park at (503) 861-2471.

In Their Footsteps Lecture Series

Susan Glen, US Coast Guard Air Station and Group Astoria – 1:00 pm; Visitor Center Netul River Room

In Their Footsteps Lecture Series

Albert Furtwangler, Reading the West—and Surviving There: Explorers, Traders, and Missionaries at the Mouth of the Columbia, 1:00 pm; Visitor Center Netul River Room

In Their Footsteps Lecture Series

Junius Rochester, Lewis’ Traveling Library– 1:00 pm; Visitor Center Netul River Room

Hometown Tourism Day and National Public Lands Day

Free admission

In Their Footsteps Lecture Series

Frank Help, Cold Weather Survival; a Way of Life – 1:00 pm; Visitor Center Netul River Room

“Wintering Over” at Fort Clatsop

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park presents a free special living history program during the Saturday and Sunday of Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. On Saturday, January 14, and Sunday, January 15, the Fort Clatsop replica will come alive from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition during the park's 11th annual presentation of "Wintering Over: snugly fixed in their huts."

During this two day Wintering Over event, visitors are encouraged to converse with expedition members (portrayed by first-person character interpreters) camped at their Fort Clatsop winter headquarters in 1806. Explore what it is like for these Corps members as they survive off of elk and the good graces of their Clatsop and Chinook neighbors, while preparing to return to the United States. Discover who these people were, where they came from and what their journey has been like so far. Come explore the people behind the story!

Visitors will start with an orientation that will introduce the story of the Corps of Discovery and prepare them to participate in the “Wintering Over” program. First-Person living history interpretation is an experiential program with no script. This allows for a real experience (not a staged event); visitors direct their own discoveries. The Pacific Northwest Living Historians partner with the park to provide this program.

In addition to this event at the fort, there are movies in the visitor center theater. “A Clatsop Winter Story,” a 22-minute movie about the 1805-06 winter from a Clatsop Indian perspective, will be offered each hour. Also, “Lewis and Clark: Confluence of Time and Courage,” a 34-minute movie about the entire voyage, will be available.

A unit of the National Park Service, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop is located southwest of Astoria, Oregon, three miles east of U.S. Highway 101. The park, including the visitor center, fort, trails, and the parking lots, is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Lewis and Clark NHP also maintains the Salt Works site in Seaside. Come and visit these sites during the time of year the expedition stayed on the coast. Admission to the park, and all National Parks, is free for this holiday weekend. For further information, call the park at 503-861-2471 ext. 214 or visit the park’s website at Follow us on Facebook at Lewis and Clark NHP for more information and pictures.

Fort Clatsop "Wintering Over"


Wintering Over at Fort Clatsop


Evening program at Fort Clatsop Visitor Center (Astoria, Oregon)


Prep for Wintering Over at Fort Clatsop


The Rededication of Fort Clatsop

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