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    L&C Navigation Lecture this Sunday
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2008 Jan 17, 17:55 -0500

    [Copied from statesmanjournal.com via google news]
    For any of you who can get to Oregon this weekend, there's a lecture on the
    navigation of Lewis and Clark. I understand that this is for the general
    public (and therefore probably very basic), but I'm sure it would still be
    of interest for NavList members. I called the phone number listed in the
    press release and confirmed that this is, in fact, happening this Sunday,
    January 21.
    Lewis and Clark lecture is Sunday
    January 17, 2008
    Bob Duke will talk about "Celestial Navigation of Lewis and Clark" at 1 p.m.
    Sunday, part of the "In Their Footsteps Lecture Series" at Fort Clatsop
    Unit, Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, four miles west of Astoria.
    The free lecture will be in the Netul Room at the visitor center. Admission
    to the park is waived for people who attend the lecture series.
    Visitors will discover and gain an understanding of the complex scientific
    aspects of celestial navigation, which was a key part of the Corps of
    Discovery's mission because President Jefferson instructed Meriwether Lewis
    to "take observations of latitude and longitude, at all remarkable points on
    the river, especially at the mouths of rivers, at rapids, at islands and
    other places."
    Duke will introduce the audience to the instruments and technology of the
    celestial navigation of two centuries ago and pose the question of whether
    Captains Lewis and Clark fulfilled Jefferson's assignment.
    A portion of the program will take place inside a portable planetarium that
    will be set up in the room. Duke is a historian, a long-time National Park
    Service volunteer, and has been an avid amateur astronomer for 36 years.
    Fort Clatsop is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the winter. Admission -- other
    than for the free lecture series -- is $5 for anyone 16 or older. Most
    activities are free with paid admission.
    For information, call (503) 861-2471, Ext. 214, or go to www.nps.gov/lewi.
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