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Missouri-Kansas Riverbend Chapter

Of the Lewis and Clark National Trail Heritage Foundation

The Riverbend Chapter supports the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation locally by offering events, activities, educational programs, and protection of the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail. The chapter encourages local interest in the expedition and related historic sites. Membership meetings are held quarterly; each offers an interesting educational program.

The Riverbend Chapter’s geographic area starts in the east at Fort Osage, a replica of a Missouri River fort built in 1808 by William Clark, and goes west through the Greater Kansas City Area and north along the Missouri River to Leavenworth and Atchison, Kansas, and St. Joseph, Missouri, and on to the Iowa state line. Please note: You don’t have to live within the geographic area to become a Riverbend member.

What are the benefits of joining the Riverbend Chapter? Learn about the most important expedition in our nation’s history. Find out about the many educational and tourist opportunities along the 4,900-mile national trail. Receive communications about local Lewis and Clark events. Most importantly, meet great, fun people whose dedication and commitment to telling the story of the 1803-06 expedition are boundless!

To become a member, click here.

Learn about the expedition's "near misses"

On July 25, Lewis and Clark historian Mark Jordan will give a free Zoom talk about "The Near Misses of the Lewis and Clark Expedition: How Lucky are Those Men--and Woman."  The talk starts at 4 p.m. Central Time Zone. Photo: Mark Jordan at a Lewis and Clark statue in St. Louis.  More info and how to attend the talk...

Video: Opening the Frontier
Video: Opening the Frontier

Chris Hodges, author of Colter’s West Wind, gives an informative and entertaining talk on the topic of “Furs, Land and Sewing Needles on the Frontier” and how the Lewis and Clark Expedition was at the forefront of opening the frontier for future development. Click here to watch the video...

What's happening this summer
What's happening this summer

Lewis and Clark festivals, Zoom talks, education, fun and more events will be held throughout the nation. Here's the calendar through September...

Furs, Land and Sewing Needles
Furs, Land and Sewing Needles

Watch Chris Hodges, author of “Colter’s West Wind,” give an informative and entertaining talk on the topic of “Furs, Land and Sewing Needles on the Frontier” and how the Lewis and Clark Expedition was at the forefront of opening the frontier for future development. His talk was sponsored by the Missouri-Kansas Riverbend Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. Click here to watch the video…

 

Video: Watercraft of Lewis and Clark
Video: Watercraft of Lewis and Clark

Watch this video to learn about the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the watercraft of western exploration and exploitation from the 1790s to 1840s. The talk was given by Lewis and Clark expert John Fisher. John’s talk aired on Zoom on March 21, 2021, and was hosted by the Missouri-Kansas Riverbend Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trial Heritage Foundation. To learn more about the nonprofit organization: lewisandclark.org. Introductions in the video were given by Dan Sturdevant and Yvonne Kean of the Riverbend Chapter. To find out about future monthly Zoom talks, please send an email to garykimsey55@gmail.com. Click this link to watch the video: https://youtu.be/AqR0b6nrYZM

 

Muddy Water and Whiskey
Muddy Water and Whiskey

Read this article to find out about Lewis and Clark's time in the Kansas City area. Interviewed: Dan Sturdevant, chairperson of the Missouri-Kansas Riverbend Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. Click here to read...

More info about presentations at the LCTHF annual meeting
More info about presentations at the LCTHF annual meeting

For those of you who attended the August 3-5 52nd annual meeting of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation (and for those of you who are curious), Kris Townsend, the foundation’s webmaster, created a special edition of the Discovering Lewis & Clark home page—see the screenshot below. It features 16 articles with more information about topics presented and questions asked during the meeting. The meeting was a fun and educational three days. Click on this link---lewis-clark.org-—to go to Discovering Lewis & Clark.

 

 

Video: The Christmases of Lewis and Clark
Video: The Christmases of Lewis and Clark

Learn how the members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition celebrated Christmas in 1803, 1804 and 1805 as they explored America. The presenters are Barb Kubik and Jerry Garrett, prominent members of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation (LCTHF). Recorded on Dec. 6, 2020, this video is one of a series of Lewis and Clark Zoom talks hosted by the Missouri-Kansas Riverbend Chapter of the Land Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. Click here to view the video: https://youtu.be/77VMAQyEJEk

 

The First Inclusive Election

In late 1805, the Lewis and Clark explorers conducted what is believed to be the first inclusive election by Americans in the West. Voters included an African-American slave named York and a young Shoshone woman, Sacagawea. In this easy-to-read 550-word essay, Lewis and Clark experts Philippa Newfield and Dr. Jay Buckley describe how this election foretold the universal suffrage it would take our country more than a century to achieve. Click on this link: The First Inclusive Election...

 

September issue: The Orderly Report 

This is a great issue. Among the many informative articles: Glen Kirkpatrick's story on how he became hooked on Lewis and Clark; the saving of Tower Rock; and tasting your way into Lewis and Clark history. The Orderly Report.

 

Riverbend members honored
Riverbend members honored

The National Park service recently honored five members of the Missouri-Kansas Riverbend Chapter for their volunteer work on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. Read the story...


Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation
Missouri-Kansas Riverbend Chapter

208 N.W. 44th Street
Kansas City, MO  64116


816-679-5925  |  dan@LewisAndClarkKC.org