Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop is pleased to announce the next installment of its In Their Footsteps free speakers series. This program is A Nickel - For What it's Worth by Andrew E. Cier and LaRee Johnson on Sunday, February 15, at 1:00 p.m. in the Netul River Room of the Fort Clatsop visitor center.

You might have a 2005 "Ocean in View" nickel in your pocket or purse. Did you know that this common five cent coin has an intriguing local story behind it? The United States Mint released the "Ocean In View" nickel, the fourth coin in the Westward Journey Nickel SeriesTM, August 5, 2005 at Cape Disappointment, WA to an enthusiastic crowd. At this time no one was aware that the photographer whose image appears on the nickel lived and worked just across the Columbia River. The "Ocian In View! O! The Joy!" image has since been attributed to Andrew E. Cier, an Astoria photographer.

Jubilant upon reaching what Clark thought was the Pacific Ocean; his November 7th, 1805 journal entry read "Ocian In View! O! Joy!" The Lewis and Clark Expedition's long journey west culminated with scenes such as this image by Cier, reflecting the drama of the majestic ocean set against a rugged coastline and a stormy sky.

Andrew E. Cier is quite familiar with the coastline, having photographed the Oregon and Washington coasts for over 25 years. His professional images have been published in various books and postcards; he worked with Fort Clatsop creating "Fort Clatsop: The Story Behind the Scenery" in the mid-1980s and currently sold in the bookstore. He has been a strong supporter of creating an accurate picture of the legendary Lewis and Clark Expedition story as evidenced by his attention to detail and mood.

LaRee Johnson (Mrs. Andrew Cier) is an Astoria researcher, historian, and author who was very involved in the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial commemoration of 2003-2006. She and Cier published, "Destination: The Pacific" A Guidebook and Personal Journal that highlights the Lewis and Clark Expedition sites near the mouth of the Columbia River from Long Beach, Washington to Cannon Beach, Oregon.

This illustrated talk highlights the issue of art copyright and the Internet. When your art is seen on a national coin, and permission has not been granted, it becomes an interesting dilemma, especially when it concerns the U.S. Mint. You will hear.... "the rest of the story"... in this fascinating tale of a nickel commemorating the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial and a local photographer who, with the help of an Art Copyright attorney, was able to get his image acknowledged by the U.S. Mint. There will be signed original photographs that have the nickel documentation, as well as other gift items by Andrew E. Cier, available for purchase.

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