Guest Speakers

In Their Footsteps Lecture Series

On the third Sunday, September through May at 1 p.m., 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 Fort Clatsop's visitor center, and is free of charge.

Map of the mouth of the Columbia river with text Crossing Clatsop in the 1800s across the top

September 16th, 2018 - Crossing Clatsop in the 1800s

By: Jerry Sutherland

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop is pleased to announce the return of Jerry Sutherland for its next In Their Footsteps free speaker series event. On Sunday, September 16, at 1:00 PM he will present Crossing Clatsop in the 1800s.

Historical researcher/writer Jerry 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 share all this using images of maps and original manuscripts. He will sign copies of his book and answer questions after the presentation.

Other upcoming In Their Footsteps speaker series programs include:
-Sunday, October 21 – “Altho’ no regular botanist” – Jefferson’s Reference to Lewis by Carol Lucas
-Sunday, November 18 John Colter, Servant of the Corps by Christopher Hodges
-Sunday, December 16 Let’s Talk about Hummingbirds by Barbara Linnett
-Sunday, January 20 Historic Winter Transportation by Richard Brenne

Nature Matters: Where Nature and Culture Meet

A lively monthly conversation about the intersection of nature and culture, takes place on the second Thursdays of the month at 7:00pm, August through May, at the Fort George Brewery + Public House in Astoria, Oregon. Doors open at 6 p.m. to purchase dinner or beverages at the George before the event. 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, Lewis & Clark National Park Association and the North Coast Watershed Association in partnership with the Fort George Brewery + Public House and is free to the public.

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Check back soon for more information about our first guest lecturer presenting in October 2018

Last updated: September 6, 2018

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