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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!

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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

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