Coast Explorer Magazine - The Explorer's Guide to the Oregon Coast and Washington Coast
Facebook Email Twitter Instagram Pinterest
Read Coastal Explorer Visit Destinations in Coastal Explorer Coastal Explorer Calendar of Events
Lewis & Clark NHP Announces 2018-2019 Speaker Series Programs
Published: 08/20/2018  Updated: 08/29/2018
 

Lewis & Clark NHP kicks-off the 2018-2019 In Their Footsteps speaker series with returning historical researcher Jerry Sutherland presenting Crossing Clatsop in the 1800s on Sunday, September 16.

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park at Fort Clatsop in Astoria, Oregon announce Crossing Clatsop in the 1800s, the season's first speaker series event presented by historical researcher and writer Jerry Sutherland on September 16, 2018 at 1pm.

Sutherland first researched early Clatsop transportation routes while writing Calvin Tibbets: Oregon's First Pioneer (2016). In the 1840s, the route that eventually became US 101 bisected Tibbets' provisional land claim just north of the Clatsop Plains Presbyterian Church, which was first built on five acres he contributed to the church just before his death in 1849. Now, as then, Sutherland followed "in their footsteps" to get a sense of the challenges early Americans faced crossing Clatsop (Ridge and Plains).

After building Fort Clatsop on the west bank of the Lewis and Clark River in December 1805, William Clark and his salt-craving men blazed a trail across Clatsop to the ocean searching for a good place to boil sea water, a trip commemorated by the Fort to Sea Trail in 2005. In the process of determining the trail's original route and its relationship to modern Perkins Lane, Sutherland learned of involvements by Clatsop Indians as well as summer vacationers taking wagons to Seaside after arriving at Clatsop Landing on sternwheelers. He was fascinated that the Neacoxie River's 1806 outlet into the sea, filled in soon after that by sand and diverted to the Necanicum, had been pinpointed by geologists in 2004.

Sutherland will use images of maps and original manuscripts in his presentation, answer questions and sign copies of his book after the program.

Other upcoming In Their Footsteps 2018-2019 dates and programs include:

October 21
"Altho' no regular botanist", Jefferson's Reference to Lewis by Carol Lucas

November 18
John Colter, Servant of the Corps by Christopher Hodges

December 16
Let's Talk about Hummingbirds by Barbara Linnett

January 20
Historic Winter Transportation by Richard Brenne

In Their Footsteps is a speaker series forum sponsored by Lewis & Clark National Park Association and the park. The forum aims to connect the community by providing an opportunity to meet scholars, authors and artists.

Programs are free, open to the public and presented at 1pm in the Netul River Room at Fort Clatsop Visitor Center, Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, Astoria, Oregon.

For more information, call the park at (503) 861-2471, access Lewis and Clark NHP website or check out Lewis & Clark NHP on Facebook for event details.

Search
MORE TO EXPLORE
 
The oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains, Astoria, Oregon preserves the flavor of years past. Just a few... [read more]
A rich history, steeped in culture and exploration, has shaped the iconic Oregon coastal town of Astoria. Today, people continue... [read more]
Flavel House stands today as a significant local and national landmark, operated by Clatsop County Historical Society, the Flavel House... [read more]
Sponsored Links
  • Flavel House Museum
    Astoria Activities and Attractions
    The stately Queen-Anne mansion was built between 1884 and 1886 by river bar pilot Captain George Flavel as his retirement...
  • Oregon Film Museum
    Astoria Activities and Attractions
    Housed in the old Clatsop County Jail that was featured in The Goonies, the museum invites visitors to explore the...
  • Uppertown Firefighters Museum
    Astoria Activities and Attractions
    An extensive collection of firefighting equipment and memorabilia from Clatsop County dating back to 1877 are on view at the...
Subscribe
to Coast Explorer
Subscribe to Coast Explorer Magazine now and don't miss another issue featuring our beautiful photography and design, interesting feature stories and guides to coastal attractions, events, dining, shopping, arts and lodging. Annual subscriptions (3 issues) are only $15