Lewis And Clark Legacy Lives On With ‘Ocian in View,’ Nov. 8-9, 2013, On Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula

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Taking in gorgeous scenery along the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean on the Long Beach Peninsula, 'Ocian in View' offers lectures, interpretive tours, a salmon dinner, and an open house. This compelling annual cultural weekend will be hosted by Ilwaco’s Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.

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One of the expansive views afforded while following Lewis and Clarks footsteps during 'Ocian in View" weekend on Washington's Long Beach Peninsula.

The lower portion of the Columbia River is abundant with history.

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.

That same day, the Knappton Cove Heritage Center will present ‘O! How Horrible is the Day’ from 11AM to 3 p.m. This open house features Pacific Northwest Living History interpreters, museum exhibits including a century-old, quarantine hospital, river walks, and cider sipping. For more information, please call 503.738.5206.

Also on Nov. 9, at the CPHM, the Chinook Tribe will host their annual Chinook Tribe Salmon Dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. The meal includes regional seafood, salad, Indian fry bread, dessert, and beverages. Cost is $15 per person. Tickets for seniors (55 and over) are $13 and for children 11 years of age and under the cost is $5.

The ‘Ocian in View’ lecture series began in 2000, when newly rediscovered history took historians by storm: the Corps of Discovery had completed their westward voyage 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 of the river.

The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, Cape Disappointment and North Head lighthouses, and the Pacific County Historical Society are among the many cultural and historic visitor attractions.

For general program and destination information, please call the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau at 800.451.2542 or access http://funbeach.com.

Additional ‘Ocian in View’ information is available by calling the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum at 360.642.3446 or by visiting http://columbiapacificheritagemuseum.org/news-events/ocian-in-view-lecture-series/.

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