Oregon Chapter LCTHF

  General Information  

Oregon now has its own official state chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. The founding meeting was held on September 19, 1998 at Fort Clatsop National Memorial. The chapter now boasts over 200 members from throughout Oregon, Washington and other locations as well.

The chapter's mission is to encourage, support and undertake, either individually or jointly with others, projects that stimulate and advance public knowledge and awareness of the historic, social and cultural significance of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The scope of chapter activities to achieve these goals are broad and diverse including the promotion of membership, the preservation of Expedition related sites and educational projects, programs and field trips that enhance the enjoyment and understanding of the Lewis and Clark story.

Click here to review the Chapter's bylaws.

  Contact Information  

General inquiries can be made to:
Jay Rasmussen
President, Oregon Chapter LCTHF
1190 NE Birchaire Lane
Hillsboro, OR 97124-2635

Voice: (503) 640-9493
Click here for information on joining the Oregon State Chapter.

  Press Releases  

Oregon Chapter
Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc.
1190 NE Birchaire Lane
Hillsboro, OR 97124

November 5, 2002

Contact: Jay Rasmussen (503) 640-9493

Clark's Mountain to honor famed explorer

The Oregon Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation announced today the successful completion of their quest to honor explorer William Clark by having the peak of Tillamook Head named as "Clark's Mountain." Chapter secretary Glen Kirkpatrick received a letter confirming the official acceptance of this proposal from Mr. Roger L. Payne, Executive Secretary of the U.S. Board of Geographic Names.

The peak of Tillamook Head rises over 1250 feet above sea level and is a very prominent geographic feature of the northern Oregon Coast. William Clark described Tillamook Head on November 18, 1805 as he and Meriwether Lewis looked south across the mouth of the Columbia River from Cape Disappointment. On January 10, 1806 shortly after Clark's return from a trip over the mountain in search of a beached whale, Captain Lewis took the liberty of naming the mountain after his esteemed colleague as "Clark's Mountain and Point of View."

The Oregon Chapter is a non-profit group that works to advance public awareness of the historic, social and cultural significance of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. It is one of 38 chapters of the national Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc.


  Planned Meetings and Events  

Upcoming Oregon State Chapter LCTHF Meetings
Saturday, December 14, 2002 Third Annual Fort Clatsop Christmas Party

Join us on Saturday, December 14, 2002 for food, fun and festivities at the third annual Fort Clatsop Christmas party!

Proposed Agenda for Saturday, December 14, 2002
2:00 PM Come early if you want to spend more time touring the fort and its wonderful Visitor's Center. At 2:00 pm in the Netul Room we will welcome, and receive a welcome from, the new superintendent of Fort Clatsop National Memorial, Mr. Chip Jenkins. The Oregon Chapter will hold a short business meeting for its members (see further information below) and then provide an update on the chapter. We will also hear updates from any attending representatives of other chapters. Betsy Johnson, president of LCBO will talk about the state bicentennial plan, and representatives of tribal and local organizations such as LCBA and the Pacific County Historical Society may also make presentations. Historian and author Rex Ziak may also make a short presentation.
5:00 PM Join us in the upstairs meeting room of the Astoria Red Lion for a social hour featuring a no-host bar, hors d'oeuvres and samplings of local and native foods. A map and driving instructions from Fort Clatsop to the Red Lion are provided below.
6:00 PM A catered dinner featuring London Broil, choice of potato (baked, baby red, garlic mashed), or rice or sun-dried tomato Orzo pasta, tossed green salad, rolls and butter, desert and coffee and tea will be served. The cost is $19.00 per person and includes the gratuity. Reservations are required - see information below.

Reservation Information
Checks should be made payable to OR LCTHF. Please send reservations and checks to:
Dick Hohnbaum
Treasurer, Oregon Chapter LCTHF
6916 Wheatland Lane N.
Keizer, OR 97303

(503) 390-2886
[email protected]

Note: Reservation confirmations will be sent by mail.

The Astoria Red Lion is holding a block of rooms at a reduced rate for attendees. If you wish to make overnight accommodations, please directly contact the Red Lion Inn in Astoria at 503-325-7373 and mention the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation.

Area Map:
Astoria Area Map (Mapquest)

Driving instructions from Fort Clatsop to the Astoria Red Lion:
From the Visitor Center, drive back out to the entrance and turn right (NE) onto Fort Clatsop Road. Drive to Business 101 and turn left (W). Stay on Business 101 until you reach Hwy. 101 and then turn right (NE) towards Astoria. Drive across Young's Bay Bridge. After crossing the bridge, get in the left lane. Turn left (N) at the 3rd light, onto Basin Street - note: Kentucky Fried Chicken is on this corner. Drive 1 block towards the Columbia River and then turn left into the Red Lion Inn parking lot. Park anywhere in this area. The meeting room is upstairs in the first 2-story building. Follow the signs.

Join the Oregon Chapter for the world premiere of a new play carefully researched with Native Americans and Lewis and Clark experts alike. Actors include Chenoa Egawa, a Native American, playing Sacagawea. The play features music composed by Marv Ross and performed live by The Trail Band. Here is the extraordinary story of Sacagawea and her journey to the Pacific Northwest with the Lewis & Clark expedition. Thousands of school children typically attend Oregon Children's Theatre productions during school days in the two weeks following the opening performance. Two other family performances are scheduled January 12 and January 19, but our prices for the Saturday, January 11, 2003 matinee are based on a group discount and we must have at least 50 reservations to receive a $3 discount per ticket. Ticket prices are $12 (normally $15) for children and seniors (children: age 12 or younger, seniors: age 62 and older) and $16 (normally $19) for all others and are for center seating (not sides or balcony). Reservations are required !!! (see info below).

Proposed Agenda for Saturday, January 11, 2003
10:30 AM Meet in the second floor balcony area of the Keller Auditorium (SW 3rd and Clay in Portland, OR) for a chapter business meeting.
11:30 AM Attendees will receive a backstage tour and hear remarks from the play's director, Mr. Stan Foote.
12:00 PM Lunch on your own.
2:00 PM Sacagawea play.

Reservation Information
Checks should be made payable to OR LCTHF. Please send reservations and checks to:
Dick Hohnbaum
Treasurer, Oregon Chapter LCTHF
6916 Wheatland Lane N.
Keizer, OR 97303

(503) 390-2886
[email protected]

Note: Reservation confirmations will be sent by mail.
August 10 - 13, 2003 Philadelphia, 2003 : The Quest for Knowledge
35th Annual Foundation Meeting
Philadelphia, PA
Summer 2004 36th Annual Foundation Meeting
Bismarck, ND
Summer 2005 37th Annual Foundation Meeting
Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR
Summer 2006 38th Annual Foundation Meeting
St. Charles, MO
Summer 2007 39th Annual Foundation Meeting
Charlottesville, VA

  Other Events of Interest  

Trail of Gems - Following Lewis and Clark
August 1 - 3, 2003
Trade, Recreation, Agriculture Center (TRAC), Pasco, WA
The 2003 Northwest Federation of Mineralogical Societies Annual Show and Meeting will feature over 200 gem, mineral, fossil, and jewelry displays. A large number of the displays will feature the rocks and minerals that Lewis and Clark would have potentially seen along their journey. Guest speakers, over 30 dealers of rocks, minerals, fossils, and other materials related to the lapidary hobby and field trips will also be included.

For further information contact:
Larry Hulstrom
Lakeside Gem and Mineral Club
5409 W. 26th Ave.
Kennewick, WA 99338
(509) 783-6210
e: [email protected]
w: www.lakesidegmclub.com

  Requests / Helping Hand  

Requests / Helping Hand
New member Jeff Davis is compiling a list of GPS coordinates of L&C campsites in the lower Columbia area. He is interested in communicating with anybody that has also tried to locate L&C campsites along the Columbia and Oregon coast. Contact him via email at [email protected].


  Meeting and Event Reports  


The current officers are:

President Jay Rasmussen Hillsboro
Vice President Michael Carrick Turner
Secretary Glen Kirkpatrick Portland
Treasurer Richard Hohnbaum Keizer

  Board of Directors  

The current directors are:

Doug Erickson Portland 2000-2002
Larry McClure Tualatin 2000-2002
Roger Wendlick Portland 2001-2003
Anita Walker Canby 2001-2003
Mike Perry The Dalles 2002-2004
Don Eppenbach Irrigon 2002-2004

Ex Officio
Keith Hay Immediate Past President Newberg
Don Striker Superintendent, Fort Clatsop National Memorial Astoria

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Updated: November 25, 2002

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