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Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation

Charlottesville 2020

August 2 to 5, 2020, Charlottesville, Virginia 52nd Annual Meeting

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.

The Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center and the LCTHF's Homefront Chapter will host the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation's 52nd Annual Meeting in Charlottesville, VA, from August 2 to 5, 2020. This exciting series of talks and field trips will be followed by an outstanding post-conference trip (separate registration required) to the Cumberland Gap on August 6 and 7.

An informational flyer and registration form is also available here (PDF). For the most up-to-date information, please visit

Missoula 2021

October 4 to 9, 2021, Missoula, Montana 53rd Annual Meeting

Travelers’ Rest: Crossroads of Travel, Trade, and Time will be the theme of a program that brings together scholars, tribal elders, history buffs, and trail experts to examine Lewis and Clark’s travels through this region in 1805 to 1806. The Expedition proceeded on along time-worn trails traveled by the Indians through the heart of the Rocky Mountains to reach the bison and salmon. The captains’ observations give us the gift of opportunity to compare what they saw with what is here today and to reflect on what we are passing on to future generations.

Our tours will follow in the footsteps of the Lewis and Clark Expedition across the Bitterroot Mountains and discuss their deliberations at Travelers’ Rest to split up on the return journey in fulfillment of the President’s charge to seek out possible routes for the “purposes of commerce." We will explore and experience the rugged and beautiful landscapes of Montana and Idaho and learn more about the Salish and Nez Perce Indians who helped the Corps of Discovery members succeed in their mission.

Conference headquarters will be at the Holiday Inn Parkside on the banks of Missoula’s Clark Fork River. It’s not too early to put these dates on your planning calendar because we expect the meeting to sell out early! Not only will our long-time members want to return but this will be the first opportunity for our new members from the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail’s Eastern Extension to attend an annual meeting in the West. Early October is usually a beautiful time of year to visit Montana. We hope you will join us then! Submitted by the Travelers’ Rest Chapter.