ASTORIA — Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop is pleased to announce the next “In Their Footsteps” free speakers series event. Bob and Gayle Kitch will be sharing “For the Want of Branes,” hide tanning and sewing on Sunday, May 15 at 1 p.m.

The soldiers of the Lewis and Clark Expedition started their journey dressed in army uniforms. As their clothing wore out, they replaced it with buckskin that they tanned and sewed. Bob Kitch’s illustrated program will explain the process of brain-tanning animal hides. The couple will also display hide-working tools and items they have made from brain-tanned buckskin. They enjoy answering questions about these projects.

These programs are held in the Netul River Room of Fort Clatsop’s visitor center and are free of charge. For more information, call the park at 503-861-2471.

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