Seaman's Day at Fort Clatsop


The 33 people of the Lewis and Clark Expedition wintered at Fort Clatsop in 1805-06. The 34th “member” of this expedition was Seaman, Captain Meriwether Lewis’ Newfoundland dog. The 26th 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.

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. The park has invited some guest Newfoundland dogs and their people to volunteer this day. This special event offers visitors an opportunity to learn about Seaman and to meet some modern Newfoundland dogs.

The day’s schedule includes:

10:30 Flintlock program,

11:00 Netul River Trail walk,

11:30 Our Dog Seaman talk,

12:30 Meet the Newfoundland dogs,

1:30 Flintlock program,

2:00 Netul River Trail walk,

2:30 Meet the Newfoundland dogs,

3:30 Our Dog Seaman talk,

4:30 Flintlock program.

Kids Corps dog-themed crafts will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the visitor center. Rangers in period clothing will be at the fort during the day to answer questions and share living history.

The park is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission is $7 per adult and free for youth 15 years old and under. Passes to National Park Service sites are accepted.

For more information, call the park at (503) 861-4414.


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