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About the Southern Region

The region was created in late 2021 when the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation reorganized its structure into regions. The Southern Prairie Region covers six states: Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and southwestern Illinois.

At the time of restructuring, some smaller chapters decided to dissolve while other chapters remained in existence within their region and sometimes hold events primarily for members in their chapter areas.

The new Southern Prairie Region includes two already existing chapters: the Greater St. Louis Chapter and the Missouri-Kansas Riverbend Chapter in northwest Missouri and eastern Kansas.

The Trail Heritage Foundation’s membership structure was revised, too. Now, every paid member is automatically a member of the national organization and chooses which home region she or he wants to be assigned to. For a small extra fee, a member can become assigned to other regions in addition to the person’s home region. Click here to learn about membership.


With the Southern Prairie Region as the region of your choice, you will receive quarterly newsletters about activities in the region, as well as invitations to in-person events and Zoom talks, and other information specific to the region as well as the entire Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage organization. You will learn about the most important expedition in our nation’s history and the many educational and tourist opportunities along the 4,900-mile Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. 


Most importantly, you will meet great people whose dedication and commitments to telling the story of the 1803-06 expedition are boundless!


Enjoy learning about Lewis and Clark and experiencing the trail. For more information or to offer suggestions, please send an email to


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Sacagawea Plaque Dedication

Sacagawea at Fort Osage
200 years after Sacagawea visited Fort Osage 1811 - 2011

By Dan Sturdevant
April 24, 2011

At least 120 people attended the uplifting program “Sacagawea at Fort Osage” in Fort Osage’s Education Center on Saturday, April 23, 2011.   

The program was a product of the partnership of the Native Sons and Daughters (of Greater Kansas City, (Ft. Osage Committee Chair John Hess), the Missouri Kansas Riverbend Chapter Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, www. (Sacagawea at Fort Osage committee chair Chick Stessman), and Fort Osage National Historical Monument (Gordon Julich and Steve Wilson).

The program began with the colorful, energetic and informative (about dances, costumes and customs) “Big Soldier Creek Dancers” of Mayetta, Kansas.  Then the half hour program of speeches concerning Sacagawea led to the unveiling by sculptor Sabra Tull Meyer of the Sacagawea Bronze Relief Plaque on the downstairs wall of the Ft. Osage Education Center building.  Also, Sacagawea dollar coins were presented to the Girl Scout Troop 1874 and the Lewis and Clark Elementary School girls and boys from Liberty, Missouri. After the half hour program, attendees were treated to additional dancing by the Big Soldier Creek Dancers.

Attendees also roamed the Fort’s grounds, viewed the grand view of the Missouri river, explored the replica Fort Osage building (which the Native Sons supervised its reconstruction starting in the early 1940s) and generally enjoyed the time. Scattered clouds and temperatures in the 60s produced a fine day.


Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation
Missouri-Kansas Riverbend Chapter

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

816-679-5925  |