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    Lewis and Clark

    National Historical Park OR,WA

Guest Speakers

Orion Sailing Vessel

The Unknown Sea: A Voyage on the Salish

The Salish Sea is the newly named inland sea that includes the waters of Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan De Fuca, the San Juan Islands, the Gulf Islands, the Straits of Georgia, and their watersheds. Dive into this magnificent, life-giving water Oct. 16 when Deep Green Wilderness screens its new documentary, "The Unknown Sea: A Voyage on the Salish," as part of a 7 p.m. Nature Matters presentation at the Fort George. The evening includes live music and discussion about Salish Sea conservation, the arts and sailing.

The event is free, open to the public, and will take place in the Fort George's Lovell Building showroom. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for those wanting to purchase dinner or beverages at the George before the event.

It took two decades of effort for the Salish Sea to be officially recognized, and residents, as well as the US and Canadian governments, are still adapting to this new designation. "The Unknown Sea" takes the audience aboard the historic ship Orion, a 64' sailboat, on a voyage to discover the Salish Sea through the people and places that make up this unique ecosystem.

The film is a fresh look at a place with one foot firmly rooted in tradition, and the other embracing future economic development. The Orion's captain and crew discuss the environmental threats that affect the health and sustainability of this ecosystem, and highlight the respect that the local communities have for their home.

The film and tour are timely - the Salish Sea, containing the new San Juan Islands National Monument, proposed coal and tar sands export terminals, and endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales - is now in the international spotlight.


Nature Matters: Where Nature and Culture Meet

A lively monthly conversation about the intersection of nature and culture, takes place on the third Thursdays of the month, August through May, at the Fort George Brewery + Public House in Astoria, OR. The series delves into the many ways that human beings look to the natural world for inspiration, sustenance and survival - the intersection of nature and culture. The collaborative series is hosted by Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, North Coast Land Conservancy and the North Coast Watershed Association in partnership with the Fort George and are free to the public.


Lost in the Fog - November 7, 1805

This program is Lost in the Fog, November 7,1805 by Roger Wendlick. This is scheduled for Sunday, October 19, at 1:00p.m.Mr. Wendlick will present an enlightening program about the Corps of Discovery's November 1805arrival near the Columbia River Estuary. His talk will correct errors of Lewis and Clark Expedition history commonly taught in schools and published in books. Come early and look at many copies of original maps of the lower Columbia River and learn the truth about "Ocian in View." Roger Wendlick spent decades acquiring the premier collection of literature related to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. His collection is now in the Lewis &Clark College Aubrey R. Watzek Library in Portland. Wendlick is a recipient of the National Daughters of the American Revolution Award for Preservation of History and is a past board member of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. He is an internationally recognized historian who continues to study and write about aspects of the expedition with a particular focus on civilian interpreter George Drouillard. Wendlick is a delightful and knowledgeable storyteller.

Other upcoming In Their Footsteps: speaker series programs include:
November 16 – Cold Weather Survival; a Way of Life by Frank Heyl
December 21 –Jefferson's Bible by Junius Rochester


In Their Footsteps Lecture Series

On the third Sunday, September through May at 1:00 PM, this speaker series is an opportunity to meet scholars, authors, and artists. Join the conversation and be inspired by history, people and culture. This forum is sponsored by the Lewis & Clark National Park Association and presented in the Netul River Room of the Fort Clatsop's visitor center and are free of charge.

Did You Know?

Did you know?

Approximately 250,000 people visit Fort Clatsop per year. The slowest days of the year are in December, but we haven't had any days of no visitors.