55th Annual Meeting of the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation

  • Walk in the footsteps of the Expedition at Travelers’ Rest, Lost Trail, Packer Meadows, or on the Road to the Buffalo. Many of these sites are untouched by development and appear much as they did to the Corps of Discovery.
  • See the “tremendious mountanes” and learn about the “verry large and a turrible looking” grizzly bear and other wildlife encountered by the Expedition.
  • Hear the languages spoken by the indigenous people who traveled through the Bitterroot Valley.
  • Consider how the landscape, the native cultures, and even the climate that Lewis and Clark experienced have changed since 1806 and how they will continue to evolve.
  • Enjoy the dynamic culture of Missoula, a place of mountains and rivers, families and students, art and trails.

Registration

Early Bird registration for the 55th Annual Meeting is available until April 23, 2023, at $395 per person. ($425 per person after April 23.)

Your registration fee includes a Welcome Reception, Speaker Sessions and Walking Tours on Wednesday and Thursday, Dinner and Moulton Lecture on Wednesday, Bus Tours on Friday, and a Farewell Dinner & Event at Travelers’ Rest State Park on Friday (two breakfasts and two lunches are also included.) Choose the option below to pay either by credit card or check.

Conference Agenda

Click on dates below for daily schedules, subject to change. Optional pre- and post-conference tour information is included for your convenience; these tours are operated by other organizations.

Optional Pre-Conference Tours

June 23-26: Optional three-day pre-meeting tour Lewis & Clark Over Lemhi Pass: From the Headwaters of the Missouri to Beaverhead, Camp Fortunate to Travelers’ Rest.  For itinerary or to reserve your place by April 23, call Inland Empire Tours at 509-747-1335 or email: inlandempiretours@hotmail.com   (Package cost of $1040 per person double occupancy, $1302 per person single occupancy, includes three hotel nights, three tour days, journal readings, transportation, seven meals, admissions, and tour guide.)

June 26: Optional Bus Tour Walk in the Footsteps of the Expedition at Lost Trail with Lewis & Clark Trail Adventures departs Holiday Inn at 9 am (Package cost of $150 includes transportation, guides, and lunch. 25 person minimum; 40 maximum)

Tuesday, June 27

Complete Schedule to Be Announced

Noon   Board Meeting/Lunch

1:00 pm Optional Float on Blackfoot and Clark Fork Rivers with Lewis & Clark Trail Adventures (extra fee of $65 includes transportation and guides. 20 person minimum)

5:30 pm Welcome/Opening Ceremony

6:00 pm Silent Auction Opens

Wednesday, June 28

Complete Schedule To Be Announced

9:00 am Concurrent Sessions

10:45 am Concurrent Sessions

12:15 pm Lunch on Your Own

1:30 pm Walking Tours

3:30 pm Optional Region and Chapter Meetings

5:30 pm Dinner and Gary Moulton Lecture with Dan Flores

Dan Louie Flores is an American writer and historian who specializes in cultural and environmental studies of the American West. He held the A.B. Hammond Chair in Western History at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana until he retired in May 2014. Since then he has authored two critically-acclaimed books, American Serengeti and Coyote America, a New York Times bestseller. Flores’ latest work, Wild New World: The Epic Story of People and Animals in America, will be released in October 2022.

Thursday, June 29

Complete Schedule To Be Announced

9:00 am Walking Tours

11:00 am Concurrent Sessions

12:30 pm Lunch & Annual Business Meeting

2:00 pm Concurrent Sessions

3:15 pm Panel Discussion on the Archaeology of Travelers’ Rest

4:45 pm Awards & Announcement of 2024 Meeting

5:30 pm Dinner on Your Own (Walk to Downtown Tonight, Missoula’s weekly food truck festival, or visit one of the city’s fine dining establishments!)

Friday, June 30

9:00 am Bus Tours including Box Lunches

Tour 1: Over the Tremendious Montanes: Lolo Pass, Packer Meadows, Glad Creek Campsite, Nez Perce Cultural Demonstrators

Tour 2: Cokahlahishkit: River of the Road to the Buffalo: Milltown State Park and Lewis’ 4th of July Campsite near Angevine Fishing Access Site

Tour 3: Séliš-Ql̓ispé People Then and Now: National Bison Range, Ninepipes Museum, St. Ignatius Mission

5 pm    Closing Dinner & Entertainment at Travelers’ Rest State Park

Optional Post-conference Tours & Events

June 30 – July 2: The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls, MT is celebrating 25 years! Come join them as they have a 3 day encampment with activities, programs, and so much more. June 30 – July 2. More information can be found here: News & Events | Lewisclark (lewisandclarkfoundation.org)

July 1: Optional Tour on Lolo Trail with Lewis & Clark Trail Adventures departs Holiday Inn at 9 am (Package cost of $180 includes transportation, lunch, and guides. 12 person minimum, 30 maximum)

July 1-2: Optional two-day post tour Lewis and Clark Festival at Great Falls, LCTHF HQ, Gates of Mountains Boat Cruise (Package cost of $660 per person double occupancy or $860 per person single occupancy includes two hotel nights, transportation, four meals, admission, and tour guide.  For itinerary or to reserve your place by April 23, call Inland Empire Tours at 509-747-1335 or email inlandempiretours@hotmail.com   

Hotel Information

Exterior of hotel
The Holiday Inn Downtown Missoula

This recently renovated hotel on the banks of the Clark Fork River will serve as headquarters for the Annual Meeting. Rooms may be reserved after August 15, 2022, by clicking the link: Travelers’ Rest Connection 2023 or calling (406) 532-2059 and using Group Name Travelers’ Rest Connection 2023 and Booking Code LC3.

A small number of rooms are also on hold at the nearby Comfort Inn. Reserve by clicking this link or by calling 406-549-7600 to make reservations under Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage.

You can find other accommodation options, including campgrounds, on the Destination Missoula website.

Travelers’ Rest State Park

Travelers’ Rest marks the intersection between cultural and natural history. Along the banks of Lolo Creek, visitors explore the landscape used for centuries by indigenous peoples, visited twice by the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery, and home to a wondrous diversity of plants and animals. Travelers’ Rest Connection supports Travelers’ Rest State Park through outreach, advocacy, and educational experiences connecting the past to the future.