LONG BEACH PENINSULA, Wash. – The culture and history of the Lower Columbia River will be explored during this year’s ‘Ocian in View’ weekend, November 6, 7 and 8, 2009 on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula. Highlights include a talk offering insights into Chinook culture, a program about life on Willapa Bay in the 1850s, a panel discussion on Pillar Rock, and a bus tour with regional Lewis and Clark historians.
The weekend starts with a panel discussion – The View from Pillar Rock – on Friday Nov. 6, at 7PM at Ilwaco’s Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum. Jim Sayce, of the Washington State Historical Society, will moderate a panel with Mike Rees, who has researched, published and lectured on Pillar Rock, and Roger Wendlick, author, nationally-known collector of Lewis and Clark rare books, and portrayer of Corps of Discovery member, George Drouillard. The panel will explore Captain William Clark’s November 7, 1805 journal entry: “Great joy in camp we are in View of the Ocian.”
On Saturday, Nov. 7, the Pillar Rock dialogue will continue as Jim Sayce, Mike Rees and Roger Wendlick, portraying George Drouillard, lead The View from Pillar Rock bus tour. The tour, which sells out quickly, departs promptly at 9AM from the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum. Cost is $40 per person and includes a sack lunch. Download a registration at http://columbiapacificheritagemuseum.org/news-events/ocian-in-view-lecture-series/.
Knappton Cove Heritage Center will continue its ‘O How Horrible is the Day’ Open House on Nov. 7 from 1PM to 4PM. The event is free to the public and includes admission to the museum, guided walks to the river beach to view the Lewis and Clark canoe trail, and a period camp at Quarantine Station with Pacific Northwest Living History interpreters. The Heritage Center is located three miles upriver from the north end of the Astoria-Megler Bridge, between the towns of Chinook and Naselle.
Those seeking warmth from notoriously stormy November weather will find welcome nourishment at the Chinook Tribe Salmon Dinner, Nov. 8, from 4 to 7PM at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum. The seafood dinner, prepared by Chinook tribe members, will include regional seafood, salad, Indian fry bread, dessert and beverages. Cost is $15 per person, $13 for seniors and $5 for children under 12 years of age.
At 7PM on Nov. 8, Tony A. Johnson, Cultural Committee Chairman, the Chinook Indian Tribe, and Cultural Education Coordinator for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, will present a lecture titled: Salmon, Food and Taboos in Chinook Culture. Mr. Johnson is a linguist and artist, who was born in his family’s traditional territory on Willapa Bay.
On Sunday, Nov. 8, at 1PM, Stephen Ricketts will portray James G. Swan, who settled near the mouth of the Bone River on Willapa Bay in the 1850s. Ricketts draws from Swan’s book, The Northwest Coast, Or, Three Years’ Residence in Washington Territory. His talk, Life and Times on the Early Northwest Coast, will explore the dynamic economic and political situation in the Washington Territory.
All presentations will be held at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum and are open to the public with $10 museum admission fee.
The ‘Ocian in View’ lecture series began in 2000, when newly-researched “history” took historians by storm: the Corps of Discovery completed their westward voyage when they reached the Pacific Ocean on the north side of the Columbia River (present day Long Beach Peninsula, Washington), overturning a long-held presumption that the Corps reached the ocean on the south side.
Permanent, year round Lewis and Clark attractions on the Long Beach Peninsula include the bi-state Lewis & Clark National Historical Park; the first installation of the Confluence project, designed by Maya Lin; Discovery Trail, a paved, eight-mile long coastal interpretive trail; and the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center at Cape Disappointment State Park.
‘Ocian in View’ is presented by a partnership of community non-profit organizations, led by the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum and the Pacific County Friends of Lewis and Clark. For general program and destination information, please call the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau at 1.800.451.2542 or access www.funbeach.com. ‘Ocian in View’ information is available at http://columbiapacificheritagemuseum.org/news-events/ocian-in-view-lecture-series/ or by calling 360.642.3446.