Sunset from the top of First People’s Buffalo Jump

The Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation (LCTHF), Inc. was created to stimulate public appreciation of the Lewis and Clark Expedition’s contributions to America’s Heritage, and to support education, research, development and preservation of the Lewis and Clark experience.  The foundation serves as advocate, interpreter and protector of the trail.

For more than 50 years, the Foundation and its chapters across the country have promoted Lewis and Clark scholarship, developed educational programs and encouraged the telling of all the stories of the Expedition.

The Foundation works with Native American tribes, site tourism bureaus and 32 federal agencies including the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S.D.A/Forest Service to preserve and protect the trail.

The Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), corporation.  Memberships include subscriptions to “We Proceeded On”, the Foundation’s scholarly publication, which is issued quarterly.  Memberships of more than $49 are tax deductible.  To learn more about the Foundation view the video We Proceed On by clicking here.

Joining the Foundation

Joining the California Chapter

Joining a Foundation chapter helps to personalize Lewis and Clark Expedition stories as there are opportunities to meet Expedition member descendants who share oral histories and family heirlooms.  Membership of the California chapter includes descendants from Expedition members Alexander Hamilton Willard, John Colter, and Patrick Gass.

Joining a chapter encourages learning.  You can become an interpreter for a classroom, participate in book discussion groups, listen to nationally acclaimed scholars discuss their research, share trail experiences with others, or simply explore a multitude of Expedition literature that’s available.

The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, with the recent addition of the Eastern Legacy, is now more than 4,900 miles long.  Chapter members are vital contributors to preserving and protecting its physical, historical, and cultural aspects for future generations.

Joining our chapter is inexpensive and your annual dues help to support education, research, development, and preservation of the Lewis and Clark experience.  Several membership options are available.  They are listed in the table below.

All new Chapter memberships include the booklet “A Charbonneau Family Portrait” by Irving W. Anderson.  This booklet contains historically accurate biographical sketches of Sacagawea, Jean Baptiste (“Pomp”), and Toussaint Charbonneau. Our memberships also include a subscription to our Chapter’s newsletter Golden Notes which is published at least semi-annually.  Patron Level members receive their copy of Golden Notes in color.  Memberships of more than $10 are tax deductible.

To join our Chapter, simply download an application by clicking on the following link:

                                        CALCTHF Brochure and Membership Form

Then fill it out and mail it, along with your check or money order, payable to CALCTHF, to:

Keith Kvenvolden (%CALCTHF)

2433 Emerson St

Palo Alto CA 94301-4221

* Full time student (to age 21)

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Ken Jutzi

If you would like to join the foundation you may do so by downloading an application or by visiting the foundation’s website.

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(updated 7/6/21)

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