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For Immediate Release
Contact: Helen Gaston,
Contact:Mark Tolonen,

New Lewis & Clark Exhibit at Seaside Museum

Seaside, Ore. – “…as Salt is an Objt.” is the new major exhibit at the Seaside Museum & Historical Society. A museum open house and opening celebration is planned for Thursday March 18, 2004, from 5 – 7 pm. The exhibit details the story of the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery’s Salt Makers at present-day Seaside, Oregon.

The exhibit examines the Salt Maker’s experience from a scientific perspective (answering questions such as “How many BTUs were needed to produce 3 ½ bushels of salt?”) and the human perspective (dealing with daily life), as well as extensive quotes from the journals of the explorers. The title is a quote by Meriwether Lewis from Nov. 24, 1805.

The exhibit was designed by Barbara Minard, Fred Mattfield and Lisa Mattfield, who are professional exhibit designers who specialize in Lewis & Clark and Pacific Northwest history (their work may also be enjoyed at Fort Clatsop National Memorial and the Ilwaco Heritage Museum). Generous funding was provided by the National Park Service Challenge Cost Share Program and the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial in Oregon / Oregon Heritage Commission.

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