Become a Member
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.
On Mother's Day weekend, take part in a Lewis & Clark 5K virtual run, a fundraiser for the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. The event is open to LCTHF members and non-members. You can participate any time between Friday, May 7, and Sunday, May 9. A 5K is 3.1 miles. Compete in any manner you are most comfortable with. Rather walk than run? Same for biking, kayaking, canoeing, roller blading or any other outdoor activity. The 5K will not be judged solely on how fast one can complete the distance, but also how much Lewis and Clark spirit, enthusiasm, and creativity you can bring to the task. The goal is to get outside, enjoy the outdoors, and share a little about the trail with those around you. So get together a group of your Lewis and Clark friends and your family members and hit the trails, sidewalks, tracks, streams or lakes. As part of the event, you are invite you to join in virtually for morning Zoom stretches, afternoon programs, and a short thank you celebration at the end. There is a $20 registration fee that supports the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. Click here for info and to register: Virtual 5K.
Calendar, News and More
Discover the Lewis and Clark events happening locally and nationwide from May 7 through July. And learn news and other info. Click here...
Video: Watercraft of Lewis and Clark
Watch this video to learn about the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the watercraft of western exploration and exploitation from the 1790s to 1840s. The talk was given by Lewis and Clark expert John Fisher. John’s talk aired on Zoom on March 21, 2021, and was hosted by the Missouri-Kansas Riverbend Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trial Heritage Foundation. To learn more about the nonprofit organization: lewisandclark.org. Introductions in the video were given by Dan Sturdevant and Yvonne Kean of the Riverbend Chapter. To find out about future monthly Zoom talks, please send an email to email@example.com. Click this link to watch the video: https://youtu.be/AqR0b6nrYZM
Muddy Water and Whiskey
Read this article to find out about Lewis and Clark's time in the Kansas City area. Interviewed: Dan Sturdevant, chairperson of the Missouri-Kansas Riverbend Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. Click here to read...
Video: The Christmases of Lewis and Clark
Learn how the members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition celebrated Christmas in 1803, 1804 and 1805 as they explored America. The presenters are Barb Kubik and Jerry Garrett, prominent members of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation (LCTHF). Recorded on Dec. 6, 2020, this video is one of a series of Lewis and Clark Zoom talks hosted by the Missouri-Kansas Riverbend Chapter of the Land Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. Click here to view the video: https://youtu.be/77VMAQyEJEk
The First Inclusive Election
In late 1805, the Lewis and Clark explorers conducted what is believed to be the first inclusive election by Americans in the West. Voters included an African-American slave named York and a young Shoshone woman, Sacagawea. In this easy-to-read 550-word essay, Lewis and Clark experts Philippa Newfield and Dr. Jay Buckley describe how this election foretold the universal suffrage it would take our country more than a century to achieve. Click on this link: The First Inclusive Election...
September issue: The Orderly Report
This is a great issue. Among the many informative articles: Glen Kirkpatrick's story on how he became hooked on Lewis and Clark; the saving of Tower Rock; and tasting your way into Lewis and Clark history. The Orderly Report.
More info about presentations at the LCTHF annual meeting
For those of you who attended the August 3-5 52nd annual meeting of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation (and for those of you who are curious), Kris Townsend, the foundation’s webmaster, created a special edition of the Discovering Lewis & Clark home page—see the screenshot below. It features 16 articles with more information about topics presented and questions asked during the meeting. The meeting was a fun and educational three days. Click on this link---lewis-clark.org-—to go to Discovering Lewis & Clark.
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...
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