Columbia Gorge Discovery Center presents "Instruments of Discovery" by Gary Lentz, as he portrays Sgt. Patrick Gass of the Lewis and Clark Expedition on Sunday, June 12, at 2 p.m.
In a fascinating living history presentation, Lentz will demonstrate the scientific instruments brought by the Corps of Discovery to the Pacific Northwest in 1805-06. Lentz will focus on equipment carried by the expedition for determining distances and latitude, spyglasses, microscope, hydrometer, and record keeping.
Lentz is back by popular demand. "Audience participation makes Sgt. Gass's program fun for the whole family," said Linda Turner, park ranger for the US Forest Service. "A third grade teacher was so impressed with Lentz and his presentation last year at the Discovery Center, she wanted him to come to her classroom in Illinois!"
This is Lentz's first performance in a series of four presentations. Lentz will return to the Discovery Center for his second performance on Sunday, June 26, at 2 p.m., presenting "The Magic of Lewis and Clark" discussing the ingenuity used on the trail to acquire food, information, and other resources necessary to complete the journey.
With a background in zoology and natural history, Lentz has been the manager of Lewis & Clark Trail State Park since 1979. He has presented programs on the weapons, tools, journals, medicine, and other aspects of the Corps of Discovery. He has written about the medicines of Capt. Lewis, and was awarded the Washington State Historical Society's David Douglas Award.