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Noted Plant Experts Speak Nov. 6 At Maryhill

Special symposium open to the public

Knowledgeable speakers will make presentations about the plants documented by Lewis and Clark at a special symposium for the general public, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6, at Maryhill Museum.

The symposium is being held in conjunction with the exhibit A Passion for Plants: Before and After Lewis & Clark currently on exhibit through Nov. 15 at the museum.

Space is limited to 70 participants and ticket reservations, 773-3733, are required.

Box lunches from Cafe Maryhill can be reserved as well.

Lynette Miller, guest curator of the A Passion for Plants: Before and After Lewis & Clark exhibit, will moderate five presentations followed by an open discussion. Miller is a scholar of American Indian basketry, curator for the Washington State Historical Society and serves as president of the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory Foundation in Tacoma.

Presentations will be by H. Wayne Phillips, author of the book Plants of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and Ella Jim, an educator and elder of the Rock Creek Band of the Yakama Indian Nation. As both a Head Start and cultural educator and the echo of her ancestors, Jim feels it is important to insure each generation knows about native plants and the traditions surrounding them.

Also making presentations are Mike Igo, immediate past president of the Oregon Native Plant Society, and Nancy Eid, a biologist at Fort Clatsop National Memorial. Igo has been working to reintroduce native plants to Rock Fort, a Lewis & Clark campsite in The Dalles, Ore. Eid is co-developer of educational materials interpreting the natural history of the Corps of Discovery.

Lindsey Howtopat, a Columbia Gorge area Native American artist and craftsman, will also be a presentor. Howtopat draws upon his heritage to create beautiful works of art, said Carrie Clark, curator of education.

During their journey through the Pacific Northwest between 1805-06, Lewis & Clark collected and documented dozens of native plants, said Carrie Clark, curator of education. Indeed, their journal entries about those plants are a unique combination of science and art.

Annual support for programs such as this has been made by the Walter Bailey Foundation, Shields Bag and Printing, Washington State Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, the Sam Hill Society, and hundreds of supporters and members of Maryhill Museum.

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