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Day for dog lovers

Seaman was the 34th member of the Lewis & Clark expedition

Some of the participants in last year's Seaman's Day (Courtesy Fort Clatsop)
Thursday, July 5, 2018

The 25th annual Seaman’s Day, which commemorates the dog who accompanied the Corps of Discovery, will be Wednesday, July 11, at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop.

There were 33 people on the Lewis and Clark Expedition, which spent the winter of 1805-06 at Fort Clatsop. Seaman, Capt. Meriwether Lewis’ Newfoundland dog, with the 34th member.

According to the explorers’ journals, Seaman served as a watchdog, hunter, retriever, companion and diplomat during the two-and-a-half year voyage.

The park has invited some guest Newfoundland dogs and their people to volunteer for the event. Visitors have an opportunity to learn about Seaman and to meet some modern Newfoundland dogs. 

The day’s schedule includes:

10:30 a.m., Flintlock program

11 a.m., Netul River Trail walk

11:30 a.m., “Our Dog Seaman” talk

12:30 p.m., Meet the Newfoundland dogs    1:30 p.m., Flintlock program

2 p.m., Netul River Trail walk

2:30 p.m., Meet the Newfoundland dogs  

3:30 p.m., “Our Dog Seaman” talk

4:30 p.m., Flintlock program

Kids Corps dog-themed crafts will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the visitor center. Costumed rangers will be at the fort during the day to answer questions and share living history.

The park is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission is $7 per adult and free for those 15 and younger.

For more information, call the park at 503-861-4414.


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