Lewis And Clark Legacy Lives On With 'Ocian in View,' 11/8

Lewis And Clark Legacy Lives On With 'Ocian in View,' 11/8

Ilwaco's Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum (CPHM) will once again host the Lewis and Clark bicentennial-inspired 'Ocian in View' Cultural Weekend, Nov. 8 and 9, 2013. The event will take place on Southwest Washington's Long Beach Peninsula.

Incorporating historic sites along the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean, the weekend will include the following offerings: a keynote talk, wild game dinner, interpretive bus tour, traditional Chinook dinner, and an open house.

"The lower portion of the Columbia River is abundant with history, starting with the rich indigenous culture, into Chinook Tribal trade with ships from England, France, Spain and America, through the Lewis and Clark expedition, the building of forts and two lighthouses, commercial fishing, canneries, and more," said Betsy Millard, Executive Director, Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum. "While the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, Knappton Cove Heritage Center and Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center are here year round, it's great to dedicate a weekend to the fascinating history of this region."

Keynote speaker for 'Ocian in View' will be Scott Tucker, Superintendent, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. He will present a free talk entitled "Lewis and Clark, Beyond the Bicentennial: Looking for the next generation of storyteller" at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, at the CPHM.

After the lecture on Nov. 8, The Depot Restaurant, in Seaview, will host a Lewis & Clark Wild Game Dinner. Chef Michael Lalewicz has tapped into the Lewis and Clark journals to design the evening's menu of game and the local foods Thomas Jefferson's Corps of Discovery used and studied including mushrooms, camas, and more. The four-course dinner will showcase duck, elk and venison. To make a reservation, please call The Depot at 360.642.7880. For the full menu, please visit http://depotrestaurantdining.com/events-calendar/lewis-clark-wild-game-dinner/.

On Saturday, Nov. 9, at noon, a Historic Sites Interpretive Bus Tour with historian Jim Sayce, Washington State Historical Society's manager for local projects, and Scott Tucker, Superintendent of the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, will trace the footsteps of Lewis and Clark along the Washington coast while taking in breathtaking views of the Lower Columbia River. The itinerary includes touring the spot referred to in the journals as Dismal Nitch, watching living history at the Knappton Cove Heritage Center, a stop at the Dismal Nitch scenic rest area to hear about upcoming renovations, and a visit to Middle Village/Station Camp, the newest unit of the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased by calling CPHM at 360.642.3446. Seating is limited, and advance reservations are required.