The 29th Annual Meeting of the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation
took place July 25th through July 30th at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, WA.
Board Meetings took place before the general meeting opening on Sunday,
July 27th. Events that day included a New Member's Lunch and a
at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center. Gorge historian and foundation
member Keith McCoy presented a dramatization entitled "Captain William Clark
Recalls". Also ongoing was a recreation of a fur company encampment, the
Touchet Valley Fur Company and the Vendor's Fair. Among the Vendor entries
were two authors signing and selling their works; Courageous Colter and
Companions by L. Ruth Colter-Frick (a Colter descendent) and The
Journals of Patrick Gass edited and annotated by Carol Lynn MacGregor.
At 8:30AM on Monday, July 28th, meeting co-chair Barb Kubik welcomed the
attendees at the opening session. However, soon she was "interrupted" by
Lucy Marks, Meriwether Lewis' mother, played in grand style by Myrna DeVoe,
a volunteer from the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center. It was announced
that there were 359 attendees to the meeting of which 92 were first time
attendees and 24 were descendants.
Foundation president Sid Huggins then opened the business meeting. It was
mainly composed of progress and status presentations of the various
committees. The business meeting was followed by a set of breakout sessions
including; a discussion of Lewis & Clark literature, a presentation on
an archaeological study of the village site of Cathapotle, a presentation
of "Traveling Trunks" used for educational purposes, a presentation on the
foundation's web site, a demonstration by Judy Adler and her Sweetbay
Newfoundland dogs and a presentation on genealogy. This was followed by a
scrumptious lunch accompanied by a US Forest Service slide show presentation
on wildflowers. After lunch, some of the breakout sessions were repeated, and
a new one, concerning setting up interpretive signs, was added. Later, dinner
was presented with a Longhouse Potlatch theme. After dinner, several impromptu
meetings took place, mostly among various local chapters, or groups intending
to create new local chapters.
On Tuesday, July 29th, attendees boarded busses for one of two trips. One group
of people traveled west to Beacon
Rock. Those who climbed to the top were rewarded with a spectacular view of
the Columbia Gorge and later, with a certificate of accomplishment. The other
group traveled east, first to Horsethief Lake State Park, where
members were guided on a tour
to see various petroglyphs and pictographs such as
Tsagaglalal or She Who Watches.
This group then traveled further east to visit the Maryhill Museum. Both
groups enjoyed picnic lunches on their outings and dinner that night back
at the lodge had a "Country Fair" theme.
On Wednesday, another short business meeting occurred. In addition there were
a couple of quick presentations. One, by Dr. Gary Moulton, discussed his
progress on Volume 12 of the University of Nebraska Press edition of the
journals, which will contain photographs of 240 plant specimens that have
survived from the Lewis & Clark collections. Most of these specimens
are housed at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, PA. However,
12 specimens are at Kew Gardens in London, England and one "new" specimen
was found in Charleston, SC. Volume 12 will be a oversized book, approximately
9" x 12" and will likely be out next spring. This will be followed, perhaps
next fall, with a comprehensive index for the entire set. Next, Jim Holmberg
discussed progress on the Filson Club effort to publish a volume of William Clark
letters, which hopefully will be out next year. This was followed by a wonderful
presentation by Dr. Stuart Knapp (Montana State University) entitled "The
Scientific Legacy of the Lewis & Clark Expedition". A short while later,
attendees boarded busses for a short trip to the Columbia River where they
then embarked on a sternwheeler for lunch and narrated trip up and down a
section of the river. After the boat trip, and back at the lodge, dinner was
preceded by a social hour. The dinner banquet was then held with Ralph Rudeen
as Master of Ceremonies. Honored guests included best-selling author Stephen
Ambrose, who announced a $250,000.00 donation to Fort Clatsop, and the team of
film producer Ken Burns and author Dayton Duncan, who previewed 40 minutes of
their four hour documentary on Lewis & Clark.
Awards were presented and the new board members were announced before the meeting
A post-meeting trip on Thursday to view the volcanic devastation caused by Mt. St. Helens
was attended by a number of members.
The 30th Annual Meeting is scheduled to start June 29, 1998 in Great Falls, MT.
This will be coupled with the July 4th grand opening of the new Lewis & Clark
LCTHF 29th Annual Meeting Report
August 27, 1997
Updated: January 24, 1998
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