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Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation

Virtual Annual Meeting

Meeting: September 12, 2021

The Annual Meeting will be held virtually once again. This one day event will be held on Sunday, September 12, time is still to be determined. We will have our Moulton Lecture with John Logan Allen, the business meeting, awards ceremony, and a cooking demonstration with Luann Waters. Although the meeting is not in person, we hope that you will still join us so that we can all laugh, learn, and talk together once again this year.

Pittsburgh 2022

Down the Ohio 1803: The Journey Begins

interpretive sign overlooking the city of Pittsburgh
Photo by Janice Wilson

Down the Ohio 1803: The Journey Begins is the theme of the LCTHF’s 54th Annual Meeting from August 7 to 10, 2022, in Pittsburgh, PA, now the start of the newly expanded Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, which traverses 4,900 miles from Pittsburgh to Astoria, OR. In partnering with the Senator John Heinz History Center and the Beaver County Historical Research and Landmarks Foundation, the LCTHF’s meeting will focus on Lewis’ preparations in Pittsburgh through talks, activities, and a cruise down the Ohio to see the river and its shoreline as Lewis may have seen them. The meeting headquarters will be the Drury Plaza Pittsburgh Downtown.

Located atop Pittsburgh’s Mount Washington overlooking the Ohio River is the historic marker, dedicated in August 2019, commemorating the inception of Lewis’ trip “Down the Ohio in 1803.” Upriver from the sign is the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, which come together to form the Ohio River. Downriver is Brunot(s) Island, the first stop for Lewis and his crew on their westward journey.

Brunots Island is the site of the nearly tragic incident with the air gun in which a woman was shot but quickly recovered. Lewis mentioned in his journal that Blais(z)e Cenas was the person on the island who fired the air gun and inadvertently hit the woman. Cenas became a postmaster in New Orleans and is buried in that city’s cemetery. Thomas Rodney, traveling down the Ohio at the same time as Lewis, also described the air gun in his journal. Rodney later became a respected judge in the Mississippi Territory.

2023 Annual Meeting

We are excited to announce that the 2023 meeting will be in Missoula, MT! Travelers’ Rest Connection will be hosting the meeting with LCTHF. They support Travelers’ Rest State Park through outreach, advocacy, and educational experiences connecting the past to the future. Dates and times yet to be determined.

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