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Lewis, Clark lecture, hike set for April 23 at Maryhill

The Gorge as seen by Lewis and Clark

On Saturday, April 23, at 2 p.m., Maryhill Museum of Art will present a lecture titled "The Gorge As Lewis & Clark Saw It" by noted curator/photographer Terry Toedtemeier.

The slide-lecture will be followed by a hike through native plants and wildflowers.

Toedtemeier, curator of photography at the Portland Art Museum, organized Maryhill Museum's current exhibition Photography, Beauty and Change in the Columbia River Gorge. From 1978 to 1980, with grant support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Toedtemeier researched the photographic history of the Gorge. From his findings he has mounted major exhibitions of Gorge photography at the Oregon Historical Society, the Portland Art Museum, and the Seattle Art Museum.

Visitors will be encouraged to view the exhibition prior to the lecture.

Many of the geologic features that the Corps of Discovery encountered and documented are submerged and are no longer visible today.

"This slide-lecture will focus on the geologic significance of these features, and the varied ways in which photographers have responded to the Gorge landscape over time," said Toedtemeier.

Trained as a geologist, and nationally recognized for his own photography, Toedtemeier brings a unique perspective to the relationship between geology, geography, and human history.

At 3:30 p.m., Colleen Schafroth, executive director of Maryhill Museum, will join Toedtemeier to lead a moderate 30-minute hike to view several sites the Corps documented.

The walk will begin at the Lewis and Clark Overlook and native plant garden located on a promontory on the southeast side of the museum's grounds. Here interpretive panels share observations written by Clark when the Corps of Discovery traveled through the area. On April 22, 1806, the Corps walked across the land where the Museum now sits. The walk will include references to pertinent excerpts from the Corps' journals.

Participants should wear appropriate shoes and pants.


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