New National Park Site Focus of ‘Ocian in View’ – Event explores culture and history of the Lower Columbia River Region, Nov. 9 and 10, 2012, on the Long Beach Peninsula

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Middle Village/Station Camp Unit, a new addition to the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, will be the focal point for this year’s ‘Ocian in View’ cultural program, presented by the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum. Happening over Veterans Day weekend (Nov. 9 and 10), the event explores the history of the Lower Columbia River via lectures, interpretive bus tour, Chinook Tribe dinner, and more activities on Southwest Washington's Long Beach Peninsula.

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One of the interpretative displays at the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park's newest installation -- Middle Village/Station Camp, on Washington's Long Beach Peninsula

The Middle Village/Station Camp Unit at McGowan, a new addition to the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, will be the focal point for this year’s ‘Ocian in View’ cultural program. Happening over Veterans Day weekend (Nov. 9 and 10), the event will explore the history of the Lower Columbia River by way of a guest lecture, interpretive bus tour, Chinook Tribe salmon dinner, and related activities. The event takes place in Ilwaco, Chinook and Megler, on Southwest Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula.

Presented by the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, ‘Ocian in View’ starts with a program by scholar Irene Martin entitled: Canneries of the Lower Columbia. Martin, recipient of the 2000 Washington Governor’s Heritage Award, will focus on the McGowan Packing Company, as she shares her latest research on the canneries that once dotted the shores of the Lower Columbia River.

Author of several books including Legacy and Testament: The Story of the Columbia River Gillnetters and, most recently, Flight of the Bumble Bee: The Columbia River Packers Association and a Century in the Pursuit of Fish, Martin will be available for book signing after the lecture, which takes place at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, Ilwaco, on Friday, Nov. 9, at 6PM. Cost is $5.

The convergence of cultures at the mouth of the Columbia River is the theme for this year’s ever-popular Columbia Confluences Bus Tour, starting at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum at 9AM on Saturday, Nov. 10, and returning at noon. The tour will take in sites including Middle Village/Station Camp and will offer a rare opportunity to tour St. Mary’s Catholic Church, as well as the McGowan mansion (present day home to the McGowan family).

Tour guide will be Jim Sayce, Washington State Historical Society’s manager for local projects, who will be joined by a representative from the National Park Service. At the McGowan mansion, Bill Garvin will discuss the McGowan family history, cannery and settlement of this historically rich area. Cost is $20 per person. Early reservations are suggested and may be made by calling the museum at 360.642.3446.

That same day, the Knappton Cove Heritage Center will host its ‘O How Horrible is the Day’ Open House, from 10AM to 4PM. The event is free to the public. The Center is located three miles upriver from the north end of the Astoria-Megler Bridge, between the towns of Chinook and Naselle.

Those seeking nourishment after a day of exploring will find satisfaction at the Chinook Tribe Salmon Dinner. Hosted Nov. 10, from 4 to 7PM, at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, the seafood dinner, prepared by members of the Chinook Tribe, will include regional seafood, salad, Indian fry bread, dessert and beverages. Cost is $15 per person, $13 for seniors (age 55 and over) and $5 for children under 12 years of age.

The weekend coincides with Washington State Park’s “free days,” when the Discovery Pass will not be required for admission to Cape Disappointment and Fort Columbia state parks.

With a solid, self-guided interpretive program in place, the parks offer the following and more to visitors: touring the Confluence Project, hiking up McKenzie Head and learning about Captain Clark's November 18th campsite nearby, visiting two historic lighthouses and the newly completed Bell's View Interpretive Trail at North Head, going on a QR Code History Hunt at Fort Columbia (located at six of the interpretive panels around the fort grounds).

For more in-depth history of the Corp of Discovery’s arrival at the Pacific Ocean, Cape Disappointment State Park’s Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center will also be open that weekend. Admission is $5 per adult, $2.50 per child (age 7 to 17).

‘Ocian in View’ information is available by calling 360.642.3446 or at Destination information is available from the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau at 800.451.2542 or by accessing

About ‘Ocian in View’
The ‘Ocian in View’ lecture series began in 2000, when newly-researched “history” took historians by storm: the Corps of Discovery, led by Lewis and Clark, completed their voyage west 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 (current day Oregon).

About the Long Beach Peninsula
With its mix of sensational restaurants, ocean view lodging, unique museums and, above all, its long, wide, windswept beach, the Long Beach Peninsula is one of the Northwest’s most enjoyable and refreshing destinations. For more information, call 800.451.2542.

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