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.

Seaport Celebration

Location: Port of Portland—Terminal 2

It's our Chapter’s fourth year at Seaport, which has moved from Terminal 4 to Terminal 2 at 3556 N.W. Front Avenue.  Free parking and admission to family-friendly fun.  There'll be interactive booths from harbor businesses, affordable jet boat rides, food, music, etc., including the Oregon Chapter booth.  Please contact Steven McClure at if you might drop by to share a little of what you know about the Corps with the kids of all ages. 

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