A Convenient Situation to Make Salt

Tom Wilson, retired Astoria teacher and National Park Service Ranger at Fort Clatsop, reviews the history of salt as currency, seasoning and preservative and how he and others re-enact Lewis and Clark’s time at today’s Seaside where the explorers harvested several bushels of sea salt in the winter of 1805/1806. The program is presented in cooperation with the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. Donations accepted. Samples of today’s Pacific saltmaking will be provided by Jacobsen Salt, a Portland gourmet salt company which harvests its salt in 2017 at Netarts Bay on the Oregon Coast.

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 (thelma.haggenmiller@gmail.com)

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 stzeam41@gmail.com (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 http://parks.state.wa.us/223/Reservations) 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 stzeam41@gmail.com 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.

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  • 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.

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