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New York, New York
January 28, 2001
The site includes indoor and outdoor exhibits. Inside, you can walk through a self-guided tour of explanatory wall-panels and huge dioramas, which describe all aspects of the long adventure. Maps detail their route, journal extracts document some of the first "official discoveries" of plant and animal life, and illustrations and artifacts give a fair idea of the life and times of Lewis and Clark. There is also a series of short films the visitor can watch, as well as a comprehensive bookshop.
Outside, there is a replica of their winter fort, which is furnished with items that try to closely duplicate their living conditions. Perhaps the best part of this memorial, though, are the volunteers who dress up in authentic costumes and hold timed seminars on all aspects of the life, from tanning hides to cooking to hunting to candle making. We sat for a seminar given by a man in Native American winter dress, who explained how much the Native Americans helped Lewis and Clark and their men survive the wilderness and the elements, as well as act as translators with other tribes. (The most famous guide being of course Sacajawea.) The talk was fascinating and really showed us the irony of such help: Sacajawea was helping these white men plot "unknown" terrain so that they may later come and push out and maltreat the Indians.
If you're in the area, have even a mild interest in history or have children with you, this is a worthwhile spot to visit. Call 503-861-2471 for more info and directions.
From journal Route 101 from Astoria to Sunset Bay
January 21, 2001
From journal Stopping in Astoria