Lewis and Clark Traveling Exhibit

December 1, 2005

This comprehensive exhibit which is on a nation-wide traveling tour will continue at the Oregon History Center in Portland until March 11, 2006. About two hours are needed to examine and enjoy the many maps, artifacts, equipment, armaments, personality sketches, videos and more Also there is an emphasis on the culture, life and contributions of the Native Americans they met en route.

What turned out to be a fascinating prelude was our time at Lewis and Clark College which has custody of over 5000 vintage books and documents pertaining to the expedition. At the elegant Frank Manor House, archivist Doug Erickson talked to us in the Armstrong Lounge, a nicely furnished drawing room along with a roaring fire to add to the atmosphere. Doug displayed several vintage and very valuable books, some nearly two centuries old and some in foreign languages. His half hour with us was excellent and much appreciated. We also visited the Flanagan Chapel, and finally a great lunch at the cafeteria at Templeton Commons with the students. Our thanks to Sherry Manning in the Provost Office for arranging a great experience.

Although the weather was cold and wet, we did have our morning coffee break at the Tualatin rest area under cover during a dry moment. Driver Gary Tolle got us through the Portland labyrinth and returned us to Shopko at precisely 6:05 p.m., a time predicted by our fearless leader.

Participants were: Ethel Allen, Ewart Baldwin, Mary Bridgemen, Pat Brill, Mary Lee Cheadle, Barbara Chinn, Kent Christoferson, Wayne Deeter, Rachele Fiszman, Jeanette Forsman, Donna Halker, Dora Harris, Yuan Hopkins, Janet Jacobsen, Ben Jeffries, Ray Jensen, Rosella Jones, Verna Kocken, Cleora Mersdorf, Natalie Newlove, Judy Newman, Andrea Nix, Barbara and Don Payne, Virginia Prouty, Liz Reanier, Edith Rode, Paula Sievers, Dorothy Sistrom, Julie Snell, Grace Swanson, MaryEllen West and Christy White.

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