The Oregon Council for the Social Studies will hold its spring conference, with the theme of "Journey on the Columbia River: Past, Present and Future," from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 10 at the Rainier Junior/Senior High School, 28170 Old Rainier Road in Rainier.

The conference is open to K-12 teachers and the public. The cost is $40 for active teachers and the general public if received by March 29, or $50 if after March 29.

The keynote speaker will be Katy Barber, an associate professor of history at Portland State University, where she has worked since 2001. She is the director of the Center for Columbia River History, ( a public history consortium.

Tom Wilson of Astoria, from Pacific Northwest Living Historians, will present the "What-If's" of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Wilson, a retired elementary school teacher, began working with Fort Clatsop as a member of their curriculum advisory board more than 20 years ago, and helped write and edit the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park's traveling trunk programs. He has volunteered at the Park as a ranger for several years and now works as a seasonal park ranger.

Also at the conference will be David Pearson from the Columbia River Maritime Museum, who will present a workshop for grades K-12 titled "When the River was a Road."

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