May 12, 2PM. The Cathlapotle Plankhouse’s Second Sunday Event Series will be kicking off on May 12th with a presentation entitiled “The Lewis and Clark Wildflower Discoveries”. Joan Hockaday, garden historian and member of the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau, will be leading a discussion on the lasting legacy of Lewis and Clark in the exploration of the American West, and the contributions that Native Americans have made to the expedition and western science. This presentation will speak to the question: “What do we discover today from Lewis and Clark’s daily accounts about our early Washington landscape, natural history and native peoples?” Guided tours of the Plankhouse and children’s activities will be available from 12-4pm.
The Cathlapotle Plankhouse is a full-scale Chinookan Plankhouse located on the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. It was built based on archaeological evidence from the Cathlapotle archaeological site located on the refuge property. This archaeological site is what remains of the town of Cathlapotle, a Chinookan town encountered by Lewis and Clark on their expedition.
The Plankhouse and the objects inside of it offer a tangible link to those who lived here in the past and provides a unique site for the interpretation of the natural and cultural heritage preserved on Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Washington.
The Plankhouse is typically open from Noon to 4:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from mid-April to October, and by special arrangement. As much as we would like to keep the Plankhouse open more, open hours are based on volunteer availability, so please check the calendar before making a trip out. The Plankhouse also offers various programs and workshops, check the calendar for a complete list of upcoming activities. We invite you to explore this web site and come out to the refuge to explore the Plankhouse.