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    Lewis and Clark

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Guest Speakers

Roberta Basch collecting plants

North Coast Traditional Indian Plant Medicine and Use

Here, in what is now known as Clatsop County, there is a rich heritage of traditional use of native plants and animals for nourishment, medicine and textiles. The forests, tidelands and meadows of northwest Oregon continue to offer up a plethora of bounties for those who know where, when, and how to look. From the many uses of eulachon oil to the knowledge of which tree buds can be used as a healing salve, this month’s Nature Matters forum will reveal the natural world around you from the traditions of those who have lived here for thousands of years.
The Nature Matters team is honored to have Roberta Basch of Seaside, Oregon share her knowledge of traditional foods and medicines utilized by Northwest tribes. Roberta is an active member of the Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes. She was raised in the natural environment, learning traditional knowledge from the land, her parents and Elders throughout the Northwest, as well as through western university training. Please join us for an information-packed evening, Thursday March 27th from 7 – 9 PM in the Fort George Lovell room. Doors open at 6 and as always, the program is FREE. Nature Matters is brought to you by a partnership between the Lewis and Clark National Historic Park and the North Coast Watershed Association.


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.

firing pistol

Tools of Survival: Firearms and Edged Weapons of the Corps of Discovery 1PM Sunday, April 13, 2014

Michael Carrick will be sharing vignettes of adventure from the trail, woven around incidents involving muskets, rifles, pistols, swords, espontoons, and artillery. Carrick’s talk will cover Meriwether Lewis’ innovative air rifle. He will be showing an air pump and reservoir kit of the type issued to Austrian army soldiers of the period. Lewis likely had a similar kit for his air rifle.

Michael Carrick specializes in research and identification of pre-1900 firearms and swords. He has combined his interest in antique firearms and western history to acquire examples of all the weapons used by the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He is Past-President of the Oregon Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation.

Sunday May 18, 2014
"Native Plants: Art, Anecdotes & Advocacy" by artist Dorota Haber-Lehigh


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?

Lewis and Clark Journal collage

In 1958 Fort Clatsop National Memorial was authorized to commemorate the culmination and winter quarters of the Corps of Discovery.