Seaman is one of the more remarkable and touching stories to emerge from the Lewis and Clark expedition. The Newfoundland dog made the trip from St. Louis to Fort Clatsop and back again. Rebecca Sedlak’s story in today’s edition describes Seaman’s Day at Fort Clatsop.

In so many valuable ways, the National Park Service employees in our midst bring the Lewis and Clark story alive in all seasons of the year. Fort Clatsop adroitly uses the Seaman story to engage visitors in a discussion of Newfies as work dogs.

Rivers are the thread of the Lewis and Clark story, and Fort Clatsop seasonally invites visitors to take a guided kayak tour of the Lewis and Clark River. That very special excursion provides a vantage point that was the expedition’s vantage point on the day they arrived at Fort Clatsop. The kayak tour also interprets the post-Fort Clatsop history of the Lewis and Clark River.

Next week, the Fort will have a Nature Survival Camp for young people entering the seventh and eighth grades. That will be followed by a Nature Adventure Camp and a Teen Film Camp.

Across the Columbia, at McGowan, Wash., the Station Camp interpretive center is taking shape. This will be a major addition to interpretation of a part of the story that had been ignored by historians until local researcher Rex Ziak made an argument that the expedition concluded its journey in present-day Washington state. It is scheduled for dedication on Aug. 18.

Upriver, there is Dismal Nitch, and that will soon be the object of some relocation that will soon be reported.

The Daily Astorian is pleased to play a part in a relatively new interpretive event. We call it Dismal Nitch Day. Two years ago, a few of us gathered at the Dismal Nitch wayside, east of the Astoria Bridge. After listening to Park Superintendent David Szymanski read from the Lewis and Clark journals, we walked to the spot identified as Dismal Nitch. In November, we’ll gather again, but we’ll walk to a different spot.

History is a living thing. We live in the midst of one of America’s great adventure stories.

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