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Guest speaker series concludes at the Discovery Center

Author to look at Lewis and Clark stop at Rock Fort

The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center (CGDC) concludes its Special Guest Speaker Series featuring "Rock Fort: Local Lewis and Clark Treasure" presented by Ken Karmizki on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 11 a.m.

Karsmizki, assistant director and curator of history at the center, will share with the audience his interest in the Rock Fort site and how it is associated with his multi-state Lewis and Clark research.

In mid-July, scientists from NASA Stennis Space Center joined Karsmizki in The Dalles to look at the Rock Fort site. Under a four year Space Act Agreement, NASA is assisting the CGDC in looking for archaeological sites from space.

This presentation will discuss this recent visit and how the research team plans to proceed with this state-of-the-art research program.

Karsmizki will also discuss the heritage value of this site to the community and how we might best protect and preserve this significant local treasure.

Karsmizki began looking for physical evidence of Lewis and Clark camps after realizing no one had ever found one of their sites archaeologically. Since 1987, he has pursued 12 sites in seven states. His research has developed methods that are producing dramatic results and are being employed by other archaeologists.

Currently his research is the topic of a feature length Discovery Channel documentary entitled "The Search for Lewis and Clark."


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