Become a Member
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 watercraft
On Feb. 21, join a free Zoom talk at 4 p.m. (Central Time Zone) to learn about watercraft used by the Lewis and Clark explorers and during the fur-trapping, steamboat and military eras. Presented by noted Lewis and Clark expert John Fisher. The talk is hosted by the Missouri-Kansas Riverbend Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. The painting shown here is by John Clymer. Click here to learn how to register for the talk.
Or you plan on taking some? Enter them in the Lewis and Clark photo contest. Details...
Watch this video about Lewis and Clark's encounters with Native Americans
View this Zoom talk recorded by the Riverbend Chapter on January 31. It focuses on the explorers' encounters with Native Americans in Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and norrthwest Missuri. The talk includes information about the Kaw and Wyandotte tribes, as well as Charles Curtis, a Kaw member who was the 31st Vice President of the United States. Click here to watch the video.
Watch the video about 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 LCTHF. Introductions in the video are given by Dan Sturdevant and Yvonne Kean of the Riverbend Chapter. To learn more about the two nonprofit organizations: LCTHF: lewisandclark.org; Riverbend: lewisandclarkkc.org. The painting used for the photograph to identify this video is "Camp Dubois Christmas” by Michael Haynes, courtesy of Discovering Lewis and Clark (lewis-clark.org), the highly acclaimed educational website offered by LCTHF. 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.
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.
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