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Public Invited To Help Make History: Help To Prepare The Final Logs For Fort Clatsop

Fort Walls Are Taking Shape
Meyer Memorial Trust Provides Grant For Special Educational Programming
Information and Educational Programming Starts This Weekend

This weekend the weather outside may be frightful. But in the main arena of the Clatsop County Fairgrounds the sight will be delightful. Thanks to the help of over 260 volunteers and skilled workers from the National Park Service the walls of the new Fort Clatsop are taking shape. This weekend volunteers are needed to help prepare the last 50 logs that will be used in the construction of the new Fort Clatsop exhibit.

This weekend the SCA interns will be offering the first of ongoing education and information programs talking about the history, design and techniques used in building Fort Clatsop. These will be:
Saturday, Sunday and Monday
January 14, 15, & 16
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Main Arena of the Clatsop County Fairgrounds.

If you have a group that you would like to bring to work on the fort reconstruction people should contact the Fort Rebuild Project Manager, Pete Field, at (503) 861-4402 to schedule a time and work out logistics. Volunteers are also needed to help with the interpretation and answering questions. If people are interested in helping to volunteer either at the Fairgrounds or at the Fort Clatsop Visitor Center to help with public information please contact the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park Volunteer Coordinator, Sally Freeman at (503) 861-4424.

Download full text of press release.

Fort Clatsop Contacts:

Park Superintendent:
Chip Jenkins (503) 861-4401
Chief of Visitor Services:
Jill Harding (503) 861-4421
News Releases:
Chip Jenkins (503) 861-4401
Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Association:
Cyndi Mudge (503) 861-4403

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OHS VisitorLewis & Clark: The National Bicentennial Exhibition
Through March 11, 2006

The Oregon Historical Society is the only West Coast venue to host this exhibition, which features the most comprehensive collection of Lewis & Clark artifacts, artwork and documents ever assembled. Included are the explorers' tools and scientific instruments, plant specimens they collected, Clark's elkskin-bound field journal, and gifts given to the explorers by Native Americans they met along the way. Admission to the exhibition is by timed-tickets, which may be reserved by calling 503-306-5214 or ordered online at This exhibit is organized by the Missouri Historical Society, presented by Emerson. (Photo credit, Kristi Foster)


Lewis & Clark Youth Rendezvous - National Guard. The National Guard's Lewis and Clark Youth Rendezvous is a commemoration of the expedition's journey. Ten students from each state and territory will have the opportunity to submit an essay to win a chance to walk in the footsteps of the Lewis and Clark and see what the explorers saw more than 200 years ago. Students will be immersed in the history of the Lewis and Clark expedition while they are in North Dakota by being able to visit the actual locations where the expedition explored. Go to

200 Years Ago This Week column by Larry McClure featured in LCBO's Classroom Resources Page, and updated every week.

LCBO Newsletter January 2006 (PDF)

Press Releases:

  • Public Invited To Help Make History: Help To Prepare The Final Logs For Fort Clatsop. Download PDF of press release.
  • Currents of Change, the fifteenth and final national signature event of the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commemoration, has launched its public information campaign with a new brochure and website - Press release.
  • The National Council of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Circle of Tribal Advisors (COTA) has released the final two Public Service Announcements in its cultural awareness campaign. Timed to coincide with National American Indian Heritage Month (November), the campaign invites viewers to experience and celebrate vibrant American Indian cultures. News release.

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