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Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation

54th Annual Meeting

Down the Ohio 1803: The Journey Begins

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August 7–10, 2022

Early bird deadline is June 6, and the hotel reservations need to be made by June 7 in order to get the discounted rates!

Meetings: Senator John Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Accomodations: Drury Plaza Hotel
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Pittsburgh Downtown, 745 Grant St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
1-800-325-0720,, Group No. 2450752

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Preliminary Program

  • Molly’s Trolleys tour of Pittsburgh
  • Reception
  • French and Indian War
  • Albert Gallatin
  • Evening social: Pittsburgh trivia
  • Building Lewis’ barge (keelboat)
  • Jefferson scholar Bill Barker
  • Canal Transportation, the Whiskey Rebellion, and Pittsburgh in 1803
  • Moulton Lecture by Jim Holmberg
  • Dinner cruise

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White Cliffs Paddle and Glamp

RSVP by May 31, 2022!

  • 11 to 15 July 2022
  • Cost: $1,500 (members), $1,600 (nonmembers)
  • Meals, canoe and camping gear, historical interpretation included
  • Reservations due May 31, 2022, 406-454-1234 or

The Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation (LCTHF), Portage Route Chapter, and Montana River Outfitters proudly offers this trip through the White Cliffs along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail! Includes nightly tent set up and breakdown, cot with air mattress, and three delicious meals prepared for you while you and your friends, old and new, paddle, hike, explore, read the historic journals, and enjoy pristine vistas as seen by Lewis and Clark.

The canoe trip is from Monday, July 11 to Wednesday, July 13. On Thursday, July 14, we will spend a half day at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls, and then travel to the First Peoples Buffalo Jump. On Friday, July 15, we will meet Larry Epstein at the Two Medicine Fight Site for a narrated tour you won’t want to miss! Transportation for the canoe trip is included. A $500 non-refundable deposit is due with RSVP by May 31, 2022; the balance is due June 15, 2022. There will be limited availability so call today to reserve your spot! You will receive a tax-deductible donation receipt from the LCTHF for a portion of this trip.

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Photo by Margaret Gorski, 2021.

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Land Acknowledgement

Over the past few years, LCTHF and our Chapters have taken some time during meetings to acknowledge the folks who lived on the land we are visiting. We have said our thanks to those that came before us, and appreciate their guidance and assistance when it comes to planning and preparing.

We gratefully acknowledge Native Peoples who have lived on this land for millennia. Their dedication to the land and their communities runs deep within the hearts of those past, present and future. This dedication encourages the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation to continue developing, among diverse communities, an understanding of and appreciation for the commitment of Native Peoples to this nation and the significance of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Learn more at Tribal Relations.

William P. Sherman Library and Archives

The Sherman Library includes more than 3,000 rare and modern books, pamphlets, journals and ephemera. The archive contains the papers of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, research materials gathered by scholars, and genealogical information on each of the Corps of Discovery members. View our online catalogs.


Grant Programs

We administer a variety of grant programs that help organizations promote or protect the Lewis and Clark trail.


Discover Lewis & Clark

Our educational website provides the most comprehensive Lewis and Clark information on the web!

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Lewis collects Camas specimens at Packer Meadows

We Proceeded Online!

We Proceeded On, is our quarterly journal. Its name derives from a phrase that appears repeatedly in the collective journals of the expedition. All issues one year or older are online along with bonus content.

Proceed Online
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Travel the Trail

Plan your next adventure along the historic Lewis and Clark trail. Our travel pages include an interactive map and sites compiled region.

Travel Pages

Explore the Ohio River

The Ohio River is now part of the National Historic Trail. This PDF brochure shows you the sites visited by Lewis and Clark on their journey between Pittsburgh and St. Louis in the fall of 1803.

Ohio Brochure (PDF)