Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop is pleased to announce the autumn 2013 In Their Footsteps free speakers series. The first program in this monthly series is "Cold Weather Survival: a Way of Life" presented by Frank Heyl. This is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15.

Frank Heyl was the cold weather survival consultant for the construction of the Alaska Pipeline. He served as the principal instructor for military and private survival schools for 23 years. He also worked as the director of outdoor education for the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Heyl’s presentation includes riveting true stories of northwest survival including search and rescue situations.

Heyl is the author or co-author of survival manuals and of Why Some Survive; Common Threads of Survival, Cold Weather Survival; a Way of Life and Edible and Poisonous Plants of the Western United States Cards. Some of his work will be available for purchase and book-signing immediately after the program in the visitor center bookstore. Audience members will receive a cold weather survival manual.

Other coming In Their Footsteps: speaker series programs include:

• Sunday, Oct. 20 – Meriwether Lewis’s Traveling Library by Junius Rochester

• Sunday, Nov. 17 – Reading the West--and Surviving There: Explorers, Traders, and Missionaries at the Mouth of the Columbia by Albert Furtwangler

• Sunday, Dec. 15 – US Coast Guard Air Station and Group Astoria by Susan Glen

This third Sunday forum is sponsored by the Lewis and Clark National Park Association and the park. 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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