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The National Council of the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial
Michelle D. Bussard, Executive Director
c/o Lewis & Clark College
0615 SW Palatine Hill Road
Portland, OR  97219
Toll Free: 888-999-1803
General: (503) 768-7995 or (503) 768-7996
Fax: (503) 768-7994     M. Bussard: (503) 768-7997
[email protected]

The national council serves as a clearinghouse and coordinating body to assist federal, tribal, state, regional, and local organizations with planning efforts and activities to commemorate the bicentennial.  Its goal is to create "lasting legacies" to honor the Lewis & Clark Expedition.

National Park Service
Richard Williams, Lewis & Clark Coordinator
1709 Jackson St.
Omaha, NE  68102
(402) 221-3471; fax: (402) 221-3461
[email protected]

The NPS oversees the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail, through signage, interpretation, and preservation.  Brochures may be ordered from the Omaha NPS office.  During the bicentennial, the NPS will sponsor a moving educational/museum project: Corps of Discovery II , that will put Lewis & Clark interpretation on trucks and travel the route of the trail 2004-2006.

Missouri Historical Society
National Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Exhibition
P.O. Box 11940
St. Louis, MO  63112
(314) 746-4589
[email protected]

This national-level exhibition will reunite artifacts and documents from the expedition last seen together in 1806.  It will tour the county in 2004-06, in five major venues: Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC; St. Louis, MO; Denver, CO and Portland, OR (at the Oregon History Center).

National Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation
Cari Karns, Executive Director
P.O. Box 3434
Great Falls, MT  59403
(888) 701-3434; fax: (406) 771-9237
[email protected]

Thousands of enthusiasts of the Lewis & Clark expedition belong to this nationwide group dedicated to the discovery, interpretation, and preservation of the trail.  With dozens of chapters (including a strong and growing one in Oregon), the Foundation rekindles the spirit of the Corps of Discovery through its publications, archives, local activities and events, research, and annual meetings.


Within Oregon, many of LCBO's institutional partners are planning activities and commemorative events for the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial at the statewide level, tying in with national and local efforts.  Many projects have already been identified and can be found listed on the National Council's website:\or_proj.html.  To find out more about specific activity areas in Oregon, contact:

Oregon Chapter, Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation
Jay Rasmussen, President
1190 NE Birchaire Lane
Hillsboro, OR  97124-2635
(503) 640-9493
[email protected]

The recently established Oregon chapter has about 200 members from throughout Oregon.  A major project will be to work with the Oregon-Washington team established to promote the Lewis & Clark Columbia River Water Trail for the bicentennial through a comprehensive atlas and guidebook.

Fort Clatsop National Memorial
Don Striker, Superintendent
Route 3, Box 604-FC
Astoria, OR  97103
(503) 861-2471, ext. 211; fax: (503) 861-2585
[email protected]

This major Lewis & Clark interpretive facility is a National Park Service site (see the site list for more detail).  It will be the focus of national attention through the bicentennial years.

Oregon Historical Society
Chet Orloff, Executive Director Emeritus
1200 SW Park Ave.
Portland, OR  97205
(503) 306-5202; fax: (503) 221-2035
[email protected]

Serving Oregon since 1873, OHS initiated the 1905 centennial exposition honoring Lewis & Clark in Portland (the first world's fair west of the Mississippi) and helped preserve major Lewis & Clark sites such as Fort Clatsop and Beacon Rock.  It now is helping to lead the bicentennial effort, by planning a major permanent exhibition on the Oregon Country (in a renovated Oregon History Center) and by hosting the national Lewis & Clark traveling exhibit in 2005-06.  OHS provides staff support to LCBO.

Oregon Tourism Commission
775 Summer St. NE
Salem, OR  97310
(503) 986-0000; fax: (503) 986-0001

Group Tour Contact:
Billie Rathbun-Moser, (503) 986-0011
[email protected]

Julie Curtis, (503) 986-0006
[email protected]

The Tourism Commission is involved in promotional aspects of the bicentennial including public relations, group tour marketing, multi-state marketing, and overall coordination of statewide promotional efforts.

Oregon Heritage Commission
William S. Hanable, Manager
1115 Commercial St. NE, Suite 1
Salem, OR  97301-1002
(503) 378-4168, ext. 299; fax: (503) 378-6447
[email protected]

As the agency responsible for overseeing statewide commemorative events, the OHC has joined the Oregon Legislature in declaring LCBO the official coordinator for the Lewis & Clark bicentennial in Oregon.


Several organizations in Washington State are involved in the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial.  The key contacts listed here can answer questions or make referrals to other organizations.

Washington State Tourism
Carrie Wilkerson-Tuma
P.O. Box 42500
Olympia, WA  98504
(360) 753-5601; fax: (360) 753-4470

Washington State Historical Society
David Nicandri, Director
1911 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA  98402
(253) 272-3500; fax: (253) 272-9518


Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians
Nolee Olson, Executive Director
1827 N.E. 44th Ave. (130)
Portland, OR  97213
(503) 249-5770

ATNI/Economic Development Office
Donna Lucas
P.O. Box 807
Neah Bay, WA  98357
(360) 645-4074

ATNI is a nonprofit advocacy organization which represents 49 tribal governments in Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Southeast Alaska, Northern California, and Western Montana.  Many of its member tribes helped guide, feed, shelter, and educate the Lewis & Clark expedition as it traveled through their traditional homelands.  They are now planning appropriate commemorations.


Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Association
(Astoria/Clatsop County)
Jan Mitchell, President
PO Box 2005
Astoria, OR  97103
Phone and fax: (503) 325-2293 or 888-325-2005

LCBA is coordinating local planning and events for the bicentennial in the North Coast area, with a focus on tourism and education.  Working closely with its counterparts in Pacific County, Washington, with the Chinook Indian Tribe, and with Fort Clatsop National Memorial, LCBA has proposed a bi-state bicentennial effort for the region around the mouth of the Columbia River.

Lewis & Clark 2005
(Portland-Vancouver region)
Tom Walsh, President
c/o Barney & Worth
1211 S.W. 5th Avenue (1140)
Portland, OR  97204
(503) 222-0146; fax: (503) 274-7955

This group will plan, organize, coordinate, sanction, and sponsor bicentennial activities in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area, through the theme: "Rediscovering our Rivers".  Efforts will focus on commemorating and interpreting 13 identified landing sites and on hosting national bicentennial events as they pass through the region.  It sponsored a major community workshop at Lewis & Clark College on January 29, 2000.

Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Committee
(The Dalles area)
c/o The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce
Susan Huntington, Executive Director
402 West 2nd Street
The Dalles, OR  97058
(541) 296-2231; fax: (541) 296-1688
[email protected]

This group has been named by Wasco County and the city of The Dalles to coordinate bicentennial efforts.  A significant project is the installation of a major bronze statue honoring Lewis & Clark in Thompson Park.

Umatilla County Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Committee
(Umatilla County)
Heather Jones, Coordinator
P.O. Box 724
Hermiston, OR  97838
(541) 667-2330; fax: (541) 567-6731
[email protected]

The committee's mission is to facilitate enhancement and preservation of the county's historical and cultural resources related to Lewis & Clark, the encourage development of infrastructure what will support tourism and assist with marketing for tourism, and to focus community participation in the Bicentennial commemoration.  The Committee will work with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, local cities, and other groups and agencies.  It is developing a master plan for the bicentennial in Umatilla County.

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Portland, OR  97205-2483
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