SEASIDE - The Lewis and Clark Saltmakers return from 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 on the beach in Seaside.

Historical Interpreters will be working continuously for 48 hours from 5 p.m. Friday through 5 p.m. Sunday. Come and meet members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition on the beach as they make salt from seawater. The Lewis and Clark Saltmakers camp will be on the beach at the west end of Avenue U in Seaside. From U.S. Highway 101 take Avenue U to the beach. From the Promenade in Seaside, walk south to where Avenue U meets the beach.

The "Saltmakers Return" is an interactive learning opportunity for the whole family. The program is a first-person historical interpretation recreating the saltmaking operation of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Visitors are encouraged to trade and talk with the members of the Lewis and Clark expedition, at their camp on the beach, while they are tending the fires and boiling seawater to make salt. Bring something to trade with members of the expedition.

This program attracts nearly 6,000 visitors each year. "The Saltmakers Return is a true partnership program with its roots coming from the community," said Fort Clatsop National Memorial Superintendent Chip Jenkins. In 2001, the Seaside Museum and Historical Society approached the park in hopes of establishing a partnership to make "The Saltmakers Return" happen. This is one of the many programs being developed for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial.

For more information, call Fort Clatsop at (503) 861-2471, ext. 214 or call the Seaside Museum and Historical Society at (503) 738-7065.