Lewis and Clark National Historical Park presents a free special living history program during the three days of the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. Beginning Saturday, January 15, and continuing through Monday, January 17, the Fort Clatsop replica will come alive from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition during the park's 10th annual presentation of "Wintering Over: snugly fixed in their huts."
During this three day Wintering Over event, visitors are encouraged to converse with expedition members (portrayed by first-person character interpreters) camped at their Fort Clatsop winter headquarters in 1806. Explore what it was like for these Corps members as they survive off of elk and the good graces of their Clatsop and Chinook neighbors, while preparing to return to the United States. Discover who these people were, where they came from and what the journey has been like so far. Come explore the people behind the story!
Through an orientation, visitors will be introduced to the Corps of Discovery and will be prepared to participate in the "Wintering Over" program. First-Person living history interpretation is an experiential program with no script. This allows for a real experience (not a staged event); visitors direct their own discoveries. The Pacific Northwest Living Historians are partnered with the park to provide this program.
In addition to this event at the fort, there are movies in the visitor center. "A Clatsop Winter Story," a 22-minute movie about the 1805-06 winter from a Clatsop Indian perspective, will be offered on each hour. Also, "Lewis and Clark: Confluence of Time and Courage," a 34-minute movie about the entire voyage, will be offered at 24 minutes after each hour.
A unit of the National Park Service, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop is located southwest of Astoria, Oregon, three miles southeast of U.S. Highway 101. The park, including the visitor center, fort, trails, and the parking lots, is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Lewis and Clark NHP also maintains the Salt Works site in Seaside. Come and visit these sites during the time of year the expedition stayed on the coast. Admission to the park, and all National Parks, is free for this holiday weekend. For further information, call the park at 503-861-2471 ext. 214 or visit the park's web site at www.nps.gov/lewi.