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Missouri-Kansas Riverbend Chapter

Of the Lewis and Clark National Trail Heritage Foundation

The Riverbend Chapter supports the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation locally by offering events, activities, educational programs, and protection of the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail. The chapter encourages local interest in the expedition and related historic sites. Membership meetings are held quarterly; each offers an interesting educational program.

The Riverbend Chapter’s geographic area starts in the east at Fort Osage, a replica of a Missouri River fort built in 1808 by William Clark, and goes west through the Greater Kansas City Area and north along the Missouri River to Leavenworth and Atchison, Kansas, and St. Joseph, Missouri, and on to the Iowa state line. Please note: You don’t have to live within the geographic area to become a Riverbend member.

What are the benefits of joining the Riverbend Chapter? Learn about the most important expedition in our nation’s history. Find out about the many educational and tourist opportunities along the 4,900-mile national trail. Receive communications about local Lewis and Clark events. Most importantly, meet great, fun people whose dedication and commitment to telling the story of the 1803-06 expedition are boundless!

To become a member, click here.

Book Club: Discussion and fun
Book Club: Discussion and fun

For the next Riverbend Book Club meeting on April 27, a series of two articles--rather than a book--is slated for discussion. Click here for more info and to read the articles...

Riverbend members honored
Riverbend members honored

The National Park service recently honored five members of the Missouri-Kansas Riverbend Chapter for their volunteer work on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. Read the story...

Magic awaits you
Magic awaits you

Experience what Lewis and Clark saw as they journeyed through the White Cliffs of the Missouri River. It’s a stretch of magical scenery. The Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation and two other outdoor groups are offering a guided tour of the White Cliffs and nearby Lewis and Clark areas in Montana. The tour is July 13-15. Click here for details…

Hey, what's happenin' in the world of Lewis and Clark? 

Find out by readingThe Orderly Report, the quarterly newsletter for the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. The report contains information about current events and happenings throughout the national Lewis and Clark community. Here's the most recent issue. To subscribe (it's free), send an email to info@lewisandclark.org.  

National foundation hires director
National foundation hires director

The Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation announced in early December that it has hired an executive director, Sarah Cawley. Sarah will start her position January 2 at the foundation's headquarters in Great Falls, Montana. Learn more...

Now, about Biddle...
Now, about Biddle...

Gary Moulton, editor of the Definitive Journals of Lewis and Clark, gave an informative and entertaining presentation at the Riverbend Chapter's annual meeting in November. He focused on the manner in which Nicholas Biddle edited the journals for publication in 1814. Biddle condensed the journals into a narration that spruced up the language and followed a diary format. Biddle, however, fell somewhat short of doing a historian’s work, Gary pointed out. “He didn’t analyze, he didn’t draw conclusions. He didn’t give a fresh interpretation of the raw material (in the journals) he was working with. He simply paraphrased.” Biddle also downplayed or left out some significant occurrences during the expedition. Among them were the issues of discipline, health, sex, and Indian-related matters. Photo of Gary Moulton and some of the 60 chapter members who attended the annual meeting by Dan Sturdevant.

The gathering in St. Louis
The gathering in St. Louis

Sixteen Riverbend Chapter members learned more about Lewis and Clark past and present, toured historic sites connected to the expedition, greeted old friends and made new ones, and laughed--and some even piloted a riverboat--at the recent Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation annual meeting. Read more...


Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation
Missouri-Kansas Riverbend Chapter

208 N.W. 44th Street
Kansas City, MO  64116


816-679-5925  |  dan@LewisAndClarkKC.org