Official Newsletter of the Oregon Chapter of the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation

In View: September 2016

President's Corner
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Dear Chapter Members,

Scott Tucker, superintendent of Lewis & Clark National Historic Park since 2014, has accepted a new position as superintendent of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in northern Michigan. Before coming to Oregon and Fort Clatsop, Scott had served for five years as manager of President’s Park (The White House).

Scott has accomplished a great deal in his short time here. He worked very hard to help implement the NPS’s “Healthy Parks, Healthy People” initiative by reaching out to the local community’s hospitals and physicians to create awareness of using the parks in each community. Doctors can write prescriptions to encourage patients to get out, enjoy, and exercise in our national parks. Scott also led the park in planning many events to celebrate the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service.

Scott said that he has particularly enjoyed the closeknit family atmosphere among the park staff, volunteers, and community. Our former board colleague Tom Wilson writes, “As a park ranger at Fort Clatsop, I know that I speak not only for myself, but for our entire staff and those that know Scott and his wife Josie. They will be greatly missed, we wish them the very best at Sleeping Bear!”.

We have been fortunate to have Scott with us, and we look forward to welcoming his successor, who like Scott will be a ex officio member of our board.

Your most humble and obedient servant,
Mark Johnson

Mything the Willamette — Summer Picnic
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“They camped right here!” Steven McClure explains where Clark’s party dodged fleas within Portland’s city limits in April 1806.

22 chapter members, including surprise visitor Gary Moulton, enjoyed a post-Labor-Day picnic at Cathedral Park, under the graceful St. Johns Bridge, just upriver from Clark’s campsite (now under asphalt at the Port of Portland’s Terminal 4.)

Steven McClure shared his recent discoveries and theories about the L&C Expedition’s exploration of the Willamette River, including maps indicating where Clark’s party camped in today’s North Portland on 4/2/1806. His engaging talk: “Mything the Willamette”.

Chapter Activities

Explore More!

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Stalwart Oregon Chapter board members volunteer at the Port of Portland’s annual Seaport Celebration this August at Terminal 2. From r to l: Ellie & Larry McClure, booth organizer Steven McClure (no relation), and Jerry Aalfs.

Thelma Haggenmiller and Lyn Trainer lead Explore More!, a series of chapter trips which include a Lewis & Clark connection but also help members learn about other historical and cultural events that happened since that time.

Watch your mail and e-mail, and especially the chapter website for more information and details.
Lorna Hainesworth to Speak at Holiday Event
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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”.

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Tom Wilson is a retired teacher who volunteers at Ft. Clatsop. In early May a former student—whom he’d brought out to the park when she was in 4th grade— brought her 4th graders. He reported “Another fun day at work!”.

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Chapter past president Larry McClure, president
Mark Johnson, and VP Glen Kirkpatrick serve as the
Nominating Committee for 2017. Please contact them
with interest in board service.

Oregon Chapter's Name Badges
Send $15.00 and your name (as you want it to appear), to Dick Hohnbaum, 6916 Wheatland Lane N., Keizer, Oregon 97303. Make checks payable to OR-LCTHF. (click the picture above to see a larger image.)

2016 Chapter Events

See the Events page for more details if available!

  • May 25 (7:00 PM): Memaloose Campout Presentation by students from Woodburn HS
  • November 12 (10:30 AM-1:30 PM): Tour Oregon exhibit at Oregon Historical Society; provide feedback on L&C updates, lunch.
  • December 3 (4:00 PM-7:00 PM): Holiday Potluck and Annual Meeting, Fort Clatsop, with Lorna Hainesworth.
  • Vancouver Land Bridge
  • Spirit Mountain Casino & Museum visit
  • Lewis & Clark College Special Collections—The influence of art & literature on L&C, and vice versa.



Mark Johnson '17
Vice President
Glen Kirkpatrick '16
Ted Kaye '17
Dick Hohnbaum '16
David Ellingson ’17
Thelma Haggenmiller ’16
Mary Johnson ’18
Ellie McClure ’17
Steven McClure ’16
Lyn Trainer ’16
Roger Wendlick ’18
Ex Officio
L&C College Archivist
Larry McClure
Scott Tucker

Please contact Mark Johnson with interest in Chapter service.

Empire of the Turning Tides Released

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The NPS has released Dr. Douglas Deur’s book, Empires of the Turning Tide: A History of Lewis & Clark National and State Historical Parks and the Columbia-Pacific Region, as a free download. Government reports typically molder on agency bookshelves, but the NPS wanted to assure wider distribution. Dr. Deur, a professor of anthropology at PSU, serves as the primary academic researcher working with NPS to document the cultural heritage of western parks. Print copies are available at the Fort Clatsop Bookstore and other sites. Download it at: (18MB)

Tillamook Head Hike — August

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The intrepid Oregon and Washington Chapter hikers gather at the north trailhead at Seaside. The 7-mile hike was quite challenging in places, but rewarded them with historic and panoramic views. L. to R.: Deb Wesselius, Thomas Kirkpatrick, Sid Stoffels, Glen Kirkpatrick, Doc Wesselius, Mark Johnson, Steven McClure, Paula Beck.

In a recent hike led by Oregon Chapter VP
Glen Kirkpatrick, chapter members retraced William Clark’s historic hike over Tillamook Head—his route to the beached whale—to seek out “Clark’s Point of View”.

9 folks left cars at the north trailhead in Seaside and drove to Les Shirley Park to view the location of McNeal’s Folly and Clark’s campsite of 1/8/1806. At Indian Beach we discussed the location of the native dwelling Clark described, the canoe burials on the hillside, and the kitchen middens from the old village between two creeks. Then we started our hike.

We saw WWII-era radar/ observation bunkers and looked out toward the point of Clark’s Point of View (Bird Point) and Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. As we proceeded on we saw views of the Clatsop Spit and Clark’s Mountain before descending to the north trailhead to retrieve cars.

For more photos and information, download the full newsletter PDF.
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