Corpse of Discovery

October 29, 1 to 4 pm

A howling good time for Halloween. FREE with a donation of nonperishable food for the Food Bank. Treat bags for the first 150 registered kiddos and candy for all!

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.

Emerging Leaders Scholarship

With an eye toward keeping the story of the Expedition alive in the future, we are pleased to offer scholarships for three emerging professionals working at sites along the Trail. Scholarships include travel, accommodations, and registration for the Annual Meeting. These scholarships are funded in part by the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation from the Lewis and Clark Trail Stewardship Endowment: A National Council of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Bicentennial Legacy Project. Click here for details or to apply.

Cancellation Policy

The Annual Meeting Planning Committee understands that plans change. If you find you need to cancel your reservation, we will refund a portion of your fee up till 15 days before the Annual Meeting.

Cancellations made by 90 days before the Annual Meeting are subject to a $50 administrative fee.

Cancellations made from 60 – 90 days before the Meeting will receive a 75% refund.

Cancellations made from 15 – 59 days before the Meeting will receive a 50% refund.

No refunds within 15 days of the Annual Meeting (after June 12, 2023)

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 will be invoiced once tour minimum of 25 participants is reached. 40 people maximum)

Tuesday, June 27

Complete Schedule to Be Announced

9 am   Board Meeting/Brunch

1:00 pm Optional Float on Blackfoot and Clark Fork Rivers with Lewis & Clark Trail Adventures (extra fee of $65 includes transportation and guides will be invoiced once trip minimum of 20 participants is reached.)

5:30 pm Welcome/Opening Ceremony

6:00 pm Silent Auction Opens

Wednesday, June 28

Complete Schedule To Be Announced

6:00 – 7:00 am Wellness Walk

9:00 am Concurrent Sessions

10:45 am Concurrent Sessions

12:15 pm Lunch on Your Own

1:30 pm Walking Tours

  • Art & the Expedition includes Missoula Art Museum and County Courthouse, 1 mile, accessible
  • Animals of the Expedition includes Boone & Crockett Club and MT Natural History Center, 1.7 miles with some stairs
  • Riverside Roundtable discussions with historians on the hotel lawn (or inside depending on weather)

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, was released in October 2022.

Thursday, June 29

Complete Schedule To Be Announced

6:00 – 7:00 am Wellness Walk

9:00 am Walking Tours

  • Art & the Expedition includes Missoula Art Museum and County Courthouse, 1 mile, accessible
  • Animals of the Expedition includes Boone & Crockett Club and MT Natural History Center, 1.7 miles with some stairs
  • Riverside Roundtable discussions with historians on the hotel lawn (or inside depending on weather)

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

6:00 – 7:00 am Wellness Walk

9:00 am Bus Tours including Box Lunches

Tour 1: Over the Tremendious Montanes Lolo Pass, Packer Meadows, Glade Creek Campsite, Nez Perce Cultural Demonstrators. This tour may include some walking on flat, unpaved trail or boardwalk, but there is an option to spend extra time in the Lolo Pass Visitor Center rather than walking.

Tour 2: Cokahlahishkit: River of the Road to the Buffalo Milltown State Park and Lewis’ 4th of July Campsite near Angevine Fishing Access Site. This tour may include some walking on flat, paved and unpaved trail.

Tour 3: Séliš-Ql̓ispé People Then and Now National Bison Range, Ninepipes Museum, St. Ignatius Mission. This tour includes short walks from the coach to accessible visitor center and museum.

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 will be invoiced once trip minimum of 12 participants is reached. 30 people 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.

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Saturday Storytelling

Elders, authors, historians, and naturalists share stories. View Zoom recordings and check for our updated schedule.

Trekker Kids

Trekker Kids is a series of activities and programs for kids and families that celebrate the outdoors of western Montana and the rich history of the Travelers’ Rest site.

Inside the Travelers’ Rest Visitor Center you’ll find permanent and traveling exhibits that tell the story of Lewis and Clark and the history of the area.

Lewis & Clark exhibits include archaeological finds from the Travelers’ Rest site, replica clothing and equipment from the Expedition, dioramas of the Travelers’ Rest campsite and the Expedition’s approach to Glade Creek, and historical firearms. A collection of modern and contemporary beadwork, musical instruments, and powwow regalia by diverse indigenous artists highlights the traditional crafts of Native Americans. Natural history displays include skulls and pelts of bear, beaver, and birds. Also on display is a running list of species sighted at Travelers’ Rest State Park in the current year.

Seasons of the Salish

This exhibit focuses on the Seasonal Round to show how the Salish people moved through the landscape to gather resources throughout the year. It includes several artifacts made in the tradition way including a cedar bark basket and Bitterroot digging stick.

Trekker Kids Corner

Young visitors can use their senses to explore history in this exhibit designed just for them. Hands-on replicas and an interactive matching game encourage children to compare items used by Lewis & Clark to contemporary gear. Exhibit panels invite them to consider the sounds, smells, and tastes of the 19th century. Youngsters can try on coats, pack a bag, or curl up in a tipi to read a story.

Maker Space: A Look at Contemporary Moccasin Makers

Moccasins play critical cultural roles in many tribal nations and are usually important additions to a Native person’s traditional regalia. Some contemporary moccasin makers have learned their craft from older generations, while many others are self-taught. This exhibit takes a look at the materials, tools, and inspirations for today’s indigenous artisans who make and market moccasins.  It was organized by AmeriCorps Member Sabrina Short and Michaela Shifley, PhD. Click here to watch a video of Dr. Shifley’s talk The Language of Feet.

Imprinting the West: Manifest Destiny, Real and Imagined

Coming Soon: April 6 – May 25, 2023

Imprinting the West features 48 prints created by various 18th and 19th century artists who recorded images of the landscape and people of the American West during this period of westward European expansion and subsequent loss of Native American lands. These works, many from portfolios of lithographs or wood engravings from illustrated articles in periodicals such as Harper’s Weekly, informed and shaped viewer’s perceptions about the West and the Native American experience. This traveling exhibition was organized by ExhibitUSA and curated by Dr. Randall Griffey of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Above: Hunting of the Grizzly Bear by Karl Bodmer; Right: North American Indians by George Catlin