FORT CLATSOP - Two hundred years ago, the Lewis and Clark Expedition wintered at Fort Clatsop. One "member" of this expedition was not a human. The 13th annual Seaman's Day commemoration of the dog of the Corps of Discovery is scheduled for Wednesday, July 5, at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop.
This event offers visitors an opportunity to learn about Meriwether Lewis' Newfoundland dog, Seaman, and to meet some modern Newfoundland dogs. According to the explorers' journals, Seaman served as a watchdog, hunter, retriever, companion and diplomat during the two-and-a-half year voyage of discovery.
At 10 a.m., at the Netul Landing parking area, a ranger talk called "Our Dog Seaman" will occur. There is no charge for participating in this program. This talk will be repeated next to the fort replica at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. In the visitor center from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., author Ellen Shannon will share "journal entries" by Seaman from her "Seaman's Story," which is being printed serially in the Seaside Signal newspaper. Costumed demonstrations of people's skills of the expedition are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. with flintlock programs at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.
The park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $5 per adult and $2 for youth 4 to 15 years old. Passes to National Park Service sites are accepted. Visitors follow the "All Visitor Parking" signs to Netul Landing then are welcomed by a ranger and take a three minute bus ride to the fort area to start their summer visit.
For more information, call the park at 503-861-2471.