ILWACO, Wash. - Two months prior to the Monticello kick-off of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commemoration, "Ocian in View" - a weekend focusing on the Lewis and Clark Expedition - will be held Nov. 8 to 11, on the Long Beach Peninsula.

History buffs and the public can attend lectures and bus tours of Lewis and Clark sites around the Columbia River and Pacific Coast.

On Friday, Peter Onuf, Thomas Jefferson Foundation History Professor at the University of Virginia and author of Jefferson's Empire, will speak on "Jefferson and The West." Onuf will be a featured speaker on Jefferson at the Bicentennial opening at Monticello in January 2003.

Saturday evening, Amy Mossett will discuss "Sacagawea: Her Life & Legend." Dressed in native garb, Mossett, co-chairwoman of the National Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Council Circle of Tribal Advisors, will describe Sacagawea's life among the Hidatsa/Mandan.

These programs will begin at 7 p.m. each evening at the Ilwaco Heritage Museum, Ilwaco. A $5 per person donation is requested.

Coordinating with the "Ocian in View" series, the Lewis and Clark Interpretative Center at Fort Canby will host an open house with refreshments on Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday at 3 p.m., Gary Lentz, State Park Ranger, dressed as the Expedition's Sgt. Gass, will present a free program on "Medicine of the Lewis and Clark Expedition" at Fort Columbia Park theater.

Lewis and Clark historian, Rex Ziak will guide educational bus tours on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $20. Advance reservations are suggested; make a check out to PCFL& C, note a preferred date and mail to P.O. Box 562, Long Beach, WA 98631. Include a telephone number for confirmation.

"Ocian In View," presented by the Pacific County Friends of Lewis and Clark, is made possible by grants from the Pacific County Economic Development Council and Washington Commission on Humanities. For more information, call the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau at (800) 451-2542 or log on to the Peninsula's Web site at www.funbeach.com. Lewis and Clark information is available at www.lewisandclarkwa.org

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