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Icon of Lewis and Clark pointing to the west

Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation

Essay Details

Essay Contest for Missoula area high school students: “The Significance of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (Corps of Discovery) in Western Montana.”
Cash prizes for winners and a one-year student membership for all entrants. Due April 1, 2020.

A scenic Missouri River

White Cliffs Canoe Trip

Back by popular demand!

The Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation (LCTHF), Portage Route Chapter, and Montana River Outfitters (MRO) are proud to offer a Missouri River Canoe Trip experience through the White Cliffs along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail! Join us July 13 to 15, 2020, for a fun and historic “glamping” trip! The cost is $1,500 for LCTHF members, and $1,600 for non-members (one-year membership included). This fee includes nightly tent set up and breakdowns, cot with air mattress, and three delicious meals prepared for you while you and friends, old and new, paddle, hike, explore, read the historic Journals around a campfire, and enjoy pristine vistas as seen by Lewis and Clark. A $500 non-refundable deposit is due with RSVP by May 31, 2020, and the remaining amount is due June 15, 2020. Limited availability, call today to reserve your spot!

On Thursday, July 16, we will spend a half day at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls, and then make a trip to the First Peoples Buffalo Jump. On Friday, July 17, we will meet Larry Epstein at the 2 Medicine Fight Site* for a narrated tour you won’t want to miss!

Lunch provided for both day trips. *Weather permitting

For more information on the trip, call the office at 888-701-3434 or see this press release. To make your reservation today, contact Chris Maillet at Don’t forget to bring your Golden Age Pass! You will receive a tax deductible donation receipt from LCTHF for this trip.

Annual Meeting

The Charlottesville, Virginia 52nd Annual Meeting is August 2–5, 2020.

Update March 17, 2020: Please hold off on purchasing your Annual Meeting and post-meeting tickets until further notice. The Board of the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation will be meeting soon to discuss whether or not to attempt to hold the conference at the current dates, or to postpone or cancel, possibly holding a virtual conference as an alternative. We hope that you are safe and well as we meet the challenge of Covid-19 together. Thank you for your patience in navigating this time.

Annual Meeting

Calendar of Events

Find a Lewis and Clark event near you. Non-members are welcome.


Join or Donate

Your membership or donation supports the work we do and you also will receive a subscription to our prestigious journal, We Proceeded On.

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Discover Lewis & Clark

We provide the most comprehensive academic Lewis and Clark site on the web with new features every day!

Discover the Story

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.


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 with bonus content.

Proceed Online
Screenshot of Google Map showing the Lewis and Clark trail

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)

Grant Programs

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


Find a Chapter

We have chapters throughout the United States, and each one specializes in connecting you with the Lewis and Clark story in its geographic area.