2006 Meetings and Events


Chapter Gatherings

Book Discussion Group

Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 2 PM

Kvenvolden Home, Palo Alto, California

Mary Ann Kvenvolden and Pat Hartinger will be hosting a book discussion group.  The book to be discussed is Scenes of Visionary Enchantment by Dayton Duncan.  Dayton Duncan is an award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker.  His book is a collection of essays that offer insights into why, two centuries later, the saga of Lewis and Clark continues to exert such a powerful hold on our national imagination.  Several of these essays appeared in past issues of We Proceeded On, the official publication of the national Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc.  If you plan to attend, please contact Mary Ann or Pat.  Some examples of Mr. Duncan’s work may be found in Useful Resources under publications.

Painting the Trail

Guest Speaker:  R. L. Rickards

February 25, 2006, 2-4 PM

Camarillo Public Library (Adolfo Room)

3100 Ponderosa Drive

Camarillo, California

R. L. Rickards, a native westerner from Wichita, Kansas, is a self-taught, renowned Western Artist who for over 30 years has created paintings of the early American West.  His paintings illustrate the beauty, the excitement and the dangers through the conflicts, tragedies, triumphs and progress of its people.  He has spent over 25 years researching, traveling and subsequently painting locations along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.  His works have been displayed at Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California; the Fred Kavli Theatre for the Performing Arts in Thousand Oaks, California; and have been the subject of a feature presentation on the History Channel.  His paintings have also been used to illustrate feature stories in the Foundation’s scholarly publication We Proceeded On and occasionally grace its front cover.  In 2004, his paintings served as the feature exhibit on Lewis and Clark in the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum in Simi Valley, California. 

Mr. Rickards will share his experiences while traveling The Trail and capturing on canvas the significant events of the Expedition’s Journey of Discovery.  Several of Bob’s works will be on display and refreshments served.  Door prizes, including an 8”x12” Giclee reproduction of one of Bob’s paintings (numbered and signed), will be awarded.  A flyer for this event, which includes driving directions, is available here.

The Life and Times of Jean Baptiste “Pomp” Charbonneau

22-23 April 2006

Bernhard Museum Complex

291 Auburn Folsom Road

Auburn, California

In partnership with the Placer County Historical Society and Placer County Museums Department, our chapter is sponsoring a seminar on the life and times of Jean Baptiste “Pomp” Charbonneau.  This event will focus on Pomp’s life in the Auburn area and what life was like there then.  It will also include a field trip to one or more local sites that he was known to frequent.  As space is limited, RSVPs are being requested.  If you plan to attend, please contact Mary Ann Kvenvolden at (650) 328-0414 not later than 19 April.  A flyer for this event, containing a summary of the agenda and a map showing the location of the Bernhard Museum Complex, may be viewed and downloaded by clicking here.  A detailed schedule of events may be obtained by clicking here.

Book Discussion Group

Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 2 PM

Hartinger Home, Los Gatos, California

Because of the success of the book discussion group held in January, Mary Ann Kvenvolden and Pat Hartinger will be hosting another one in May, this time in Pat’s home.  The book to be discussed is Finding the West by James Ronda.  Space is limited.  If you plan to attend, please contact Mary Ann or Pat.  Some examples of other works by Mr. Ronda may be found in Useful Resources under publications.

William Clark’s Yellowstone Journey

Saturday, June 24, 2006

2:00-4:00 PM

Camarillo Public Library (Adolfo Room)

3100 Ponderosa Drive

Camarillo, California

A slideshow and discussion led by Barbara Gaitley.

Chapter Business Meeting

St. Louis, Missouri, September 18, 2006

A chapter business meeting will be held in conjunction with the Foundation’s 38th annual meeting.  The focus of this meeting will be to assess our Chapter’s FY 2005-2006 activities and discuss FY 2006-2007 issues and plans.

Fall Chapter Event

The Living Legacies of Lewis and Clark

Saturday, November 4, 2006 (7-9 PM)

US Geological Survey Campus (Building 3)

345 Middlefield Road

Menlo Park, California

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Presented by:

Dr. Gary E. Moulton

Thomas C. Sorensen Professor of American History Emeritus

Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska


The LEGACY of the Lewis and Clark expedition stands firmly on three pillars of documentary evidence:

  1. The JOURNALS kept by the two captains and four enlisted men

  2. The MAPS gathered by Lewis prior to the trip, drafted by Clark in the field, and executed by him and by professional cartographers after the expedition

  3. The BOTANICAL SPECIMENS collected and preserved by Lewis

These significant sources are being actively used by humanists, scientists, and enthusiasts across the continent for:

    Research    Study    Discovery    Enjoyment

Dr. Moulton will discuss some new research using these incredible resources and will relate how these invaluable historic materials continue to be employed in innovative and fascinating ways by persons from a variety of disciplines.

Please Join Us!

(don’t forget to bring your book or anything else you would like

Dr. Moulton to sign for you!)


Sponsored by:

The California Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc.

in cooperation with the US Geological Survey, Menlo Park

Deadlines for Submitting Articles and Information

for our Chapter’s Newsletter

  1. March 1, 2006 for the April 2006 Issue

  2. June 1, 2006 for the July 2006 issue

  3. September 1, 2006 for the October 2006 Issue

  4. December 1, 2006 for the January 2007 Issue

Selected Foundation Meetings and Events

38th Annual Meeting

18-19 September 2006, St. Louis, Missouri

The Foundation’s 38th Annual Meeting will take place 18-19 September on the front-end of the last Bicentennial Signature Event in St. Louis, Missouri.  It will be a two-day meeting so members can enjoy the final National Signature Event which will take place 20–24 September.

Registration and planning for the 2006 meeting, Untold Stories: Endurance, Discovery, Achievement, is being handled by Foundation staff in Great Falls.  Presentations are scheduled to include Native Americans’ views of and appreciation for land, water, flora and fauna; and stewardship needs of the trail including sacred site protection, conservation, and sustainable and ethical use of resources.  Other topics include cultural diversity, the endurance of the Corps of Discovery and a retrospective look at the Bicentennial commemoration, which started with the Foundation a decade ago.  The program will include meetings for chapter officers and new members, live and silent auctions, vendor and chapter booths, a business meeting, free time for visiting friends and exploring St. Louis and a special closing banquet.  The meeting will be at the Millennium Hotel in downtown St. Louis.

Online registration for the meeting will be available later this year.  To obtain more information, call (888) 701-3434.  Additional details on the annual meeting and the final Signature Event will also be available in the January issue of “The Orderly Report” and on the Foundation’s website as it becomes available (see "The Orderly Report").

After the annual meeting the last Bicentennial Signature Event, “Currents of Change”, will occur.  Academic symposia, organized by the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Council, will be held 20-21 September.  These Symposia will focus on the “unsettling” of the West and the effect the Expedition had on Native Americans and the land.  Two days of Council sponsored tours are also planned for 21-22 September.  The closing ceremony will occur on 23 September.

Other Dates to Remember

  1. Deadline for 2006  National Park Service Challenge Cost Share applications:

  2. January 15, 2006

  3. Deadline to request a 2006 Foundation Monetary Grant:

  4. March 15, 2006

  5. Deadline for 2006 Foundation Award nominations:

  6. April 1, 2006

  7. Deadline for submitting requests for a Foundation Advocacy Position:

  8. June 1, 2006

  9. Deadlines for Orderly Report Articles:

  10. March 1, 2006 for the April 2006 Issue

  11. June 1, 2006 for the July 2006 issue

  12. September 1, 2006 for the October 2006 Issue

  13. December 1, 2006 for the January 2007 Issue

  14. Deadline for Chapter Annual Reports (for 2005-2006):

  15. October 1, 2006

Other Lewis and  Clark

Community Activities

Doyle Library Lecture Series

History of the American West:

The Significance of the Lewis & Clark Expedition

Guest Speaker:  Dr. Gary Moulton


Friday, November 3, 2006, 7-9 PM

Santa Rosa Junior College

Newman Auditorium

Santa Rosa, CA

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“Ocian In View”

Lewis and Clark Beyond The Bicentennial

November 10 Through 12

Washington's Long Beach Peninsula

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National Bicentennial Signature


Lewis & Clark: The National Bicentennial Exhibition

November 2005 to March 2006

Oregon Historical Society, Portland, Oregon

May to September 2006

Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

The Missouri Historical Society's Lewis & Clark: The National Bicentennial Exhibition follows the Corps of Discovery from the banks of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers through the human geography of western North America.

Today, the journals of Lewis and Clark provide a priceless glimpse into a world few of us can imagine. Theirs was a journey into new cultural and mental landscapes as well as new lands.  Beyond the city of St. Louis, they were in an Indian world of age-old trade networks, achievements in art and oral literature, and an intricately exploited environment.  As men of the Jeffersonian Enlightenment, the captains saw the West through preconceptions formed by their European cultural heritage.  The native societies they met imagined America very differently.

Taking over five years to complete, this unique exhibition for the first time assembles a wide range of authenticated artifacts at one location.  The letter of credit from Thomas Jefferson to Meriwether Lewis; plant specimens; the only surviving American Indian artifacts presented to Lewis and Clark; the only known surviving zoological specimen; scientific equipment; and Clark’s handwritten, illustrated, elk skin-bound field journal are just a few of the items on display.

The exhibition compares the assumptions of Lewis and Clark and the Indian peoples they were among on such topics as politics and diplomacy, women, geography, animals, military heroism, language, trade and property, curing and health, and plants.  These cultural contrasts reveal how the expedition overcame barriers to communication—or failed to overcome them.  To learn more, via a superbly designed web site that is rich with outstanding content, click here and then click on “LAUNCH THE ONLINE EXHIBITION”.

Among the Nimiipuu (the Nez Perce)

14-17 June 2006

Lewiston, Idaho

The Lewis & Clark Expedition entered the Nimiipuu (The Nez Perce) aboriginal homelands in September of 1805, and with this first chance encounter they were met with caution and suspicion. During this time, most of the able-bodied men were on a war raid in the south. An elderly woman named Weetxuuwiis encouraged and advised the camp not to harm the expedition because of her previous experience living among the sooyaapoos (Europeans or Boat People). Would the course of history have changed if the men were present in the camp when the expedition arrived? Regardless, the Nimiipuu were described as friendly, hospitable and gracious hosts toward the expedition, a description still reflective of the Nimiipuu today.

On their return trip eastward, the Lewis & Clark expedition renewed their relationship with the Nimiipuu in June of 1806.  On June 14-17, 2006, the Nimiipuu will commemorate that relationship by hosting a national Signature Event entitled Among the Nimiipuu. The world is invited to experience a unique commemoration of events reflecting a diversity of cultures. Events take place at Lewiston, Idaho (Clearwater River Resort & Casino) and at other locations on and/or near the Nez Perce Reservation.

Clark on the Yellowstone

22-25 July 2006

Pompey’s Pillar National Monument

and Billings, Montana

The Clark on the Yellowstone Signature Event enables modern-day explorers to rediscover Captain William Clark's travels along the Yellowstone River. This event commemorates the 200th anniversary of Clark inscribing his name on Pompeys Pillar, the only remaining physical evidence of the Lewis & Clark Expedition appearing on the trail as it did 200 years ago. Clark, showing his affection for Sacagawea's young son, whom he called "Pomp," named this sandstone pillar at the river's edge in his honor.  A National Day of Honor commemorating this event and recognizing the historic use of the Pillar by American Indians is set for July 25, 2006.  A new interpretive center will greet visitors at the recently created Pompeys Pillar National Monument, administered by the Bureau of Land Management.  Canoe landings, trail rides, wildlife displays and exhibits at local museums in nearby Billings, Montana will engage people of all ages.

Reunion at the Home of Sacagawea

17-20 August 2006, New Town, North Dakota

On August 12, 1806 Lewis & Clark reunited on the Missouri River near the present-day headquarters of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation. The expedition traveled on to the Knife River Hidatsa and Mandan villages and days later, bid farewell to their interpreters Sakakawea [Sacagawea] and Toussaint Charbonneau. Before leaving the Mandan villages, they persuaded one tribal leader, White Coyote, to return with them to meet President Thomas Jefferson. On August 20, 1806 the Expedition left what is now North Dakota.

In August 2006, the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota will observe the return of the Corps of Discovery to their homelands, the reunion of Sakakawea at Awatixa, her Hidatsa home, and the journey of White Coyote to the nation’s capitol.  Entitled Reunion at the Home of Sacagawea, the major themes of this signature event will center on Sakakawea and her life before, during and after the expedition; the Missouri River and it’s impact on the lives of the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, and other tribes that hold this river sacred; tribal leadership and the political, social, and ceremonial organization of tribes 200 years ago and today; tribal trade networks and international trade.  This four-day event will feature scholarly symposia, re-enactments, dramatic presentations, an art exhibition and trade fair, indigenous games, land and water parades, singing and traditional dance competition, and a fur trade rendezvous.

Currents of Change

20-23 September 2006, St. Louis, Missouri Region

Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery return to St. Louis on September 23, 1806, officially ended their two-year expedition into the West. Two hundred years later, the National Council of the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial will partner with American Indian nations, environmental organizations, national scholars and others to commemorate the bicentennial of this momentous event. Lewis and Clark: Currents of Change will focus on the aftermath of the Lewis and Clark expedition and the lasting legacies for the future.

The event will begin with a two-day academic symposia (see below) followed by a weekend of activities along the Mississippi riverfront, including an opening ceremony, tours to Lewis and Clark historic sites, educational exhibits and activities, presentations from American Indian tribes, environmentalists, scholars and educators, as well as evening entertainment. These Symposia will focus on the “unsettling” of the West and the effect the Expedition had on Native Americans and the land.

The Stories We Tell: A Symposium

20-21 September 2006, St. Louis, Missouri

A component of the Currents of Change Signature Event, this two-day symposium will feature nationally recognized Native American scholars, environmentalists, poets, artists, and historians addressing the many ways stories are told, remembered, and interpreted in relation to the Lewis and Clark expedition and its aftermath.

The symposium will examine the effects of the expedition, which continue to have significant impact on our perceptions of the past and the present. It will focus on the interactions between the members of the Expedition and Native peoples, environmental issues resulting from the great changes brought about in the West over the last 200 years, and the vastly different ways in which Euro-Americans and Native Americans understand the world around them.

In order to explore these key themes, the symposium will begin with a session devoted to the creation stories of several contact tribes, told by tribal members.  Other sessions will build upon the idea of story-telling by highlighting the story of the land itself as told by Native Americans and Euro-Americans and the passage of time and how it is marked, measured, and recorded differently by these distinct cultures.  In addition, speakers will talk about ways in which the language we use to tell stories shapes their meaning, and how art and music have shaped our experience of the West and its past.

Finally, the symposium will investigate how the Bicentennial has reshaped the way we tell the story of Lewis and Clark, reflecting on the experiences of the past few years, the defining moments of the Commemoration, and what advice we could give to the people planning the expedition's tri-centennial, in order to shape a lasting legacy from which future generations will benefit.

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