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Corps of Discovery II returns from Pacific to Vancouver winter

(Vancouver, WA) - The Lewis and Clark Expedition had voted and were building Fort Clatsop in the wind and rain of northwest Oregon. Two hundred years later, Corps of Discovery II: 200 Years to the Future leaves the coast for urban America and a two-week stay along the Columbia River.

Corps of Discovery II closes out its 2005 season Nov. 28 through Dec. 11. The giant tents of Corps II will be set up near the O.O. Howard House on the Vancouver National Historic Reserve.

Corps II will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with a special opening ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 28. Admission is free and there is plenty of parking nearby.

Fort Clatsop Winter Events

Holiday Happenings:
December 28 through January 1, 2006
Join park rangers in learning about life at Fort Clatsop. At 10:00 and 2:00 join a ranger for a talk on “Life at Fort Clatsop” in the visitor center. At 11:00, 1:00, 3:00 a ranger will lead a walk to the Fort Clatsop site. Join a ranger for a one mile “hike through history” along the new Netul Trail at 12:00.

Ecola Crossing: A Whale of an Event!
January 7, 2006
Ecola State Park, OR
Hike over Tillamook Head or just part way to commemorate the journey of Captain Clark, Sacagawea and members of the Corps.

See more events - link to PDF.

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

Fort Clatsop

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News & Events

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:

  • 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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