Friday, August 29, 2014

The 33 people of the Lewis and Clark Expedition wintered at Fort Clatsop over 200 years ago.  The 34th "member" of this expedition was Seaman, Meriwether Lewis' Newfoundland dog.  The 20th annual Seaman's Day commemorating the dog of the Corps of Discovery will be held Wednesday, July 10 at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop.

This event offers visitors an opportunity to learn about Seaman and to meet some modern Newfoundland dogs.  According to the explorers' journals, Seaman served as a watchdog, hunter, retriever, companion and diplomat during the two-and-a-half year voyage of discovery.

At 11:30 and 3:30, next to the fort replica, rangers will share a talk called Our Dog Seaman about Lewis' dog.  Programs about modern life with a huge, furry Newfoundland dog are scheduled for 12:30 and 2:30.  Kids Corps dog-themed crafts and face painting (for all ages) will be available from 11:00 to 4:00 in the visitor center.  Ranger guided natural and cultural history walks along the Lewis and Clark River will start at 11:00 and 2:00.  Costumed rangers will be at the fort during the day to answer questions, share living history, and present flintlock programs at 10:30, 1:30, and 4:30.

The park is open daily from 9:00 to 6:00 including the parking lots at the visitor center and at Netul Landing.  Admission is $3 per adult and free for youth 15 years old and under.  Passes to National Park Service sites are accepted.

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