The Mount St. Helens Institute Presents…

The Place Called Chalacha – History Beneath the Mount St. Helens Monument Headquarters and Chelatchie Prairie
With Rick McClure, Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
At Tommy O’s Downtown Bistro
801 Washington St. Vancouver, WA
Happy Hour begins at 5:00pm
Speaker starts at 6:30pm.
Space is limited, so arrive early!
The headquarters for Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument lies within Chelatchie Prairie, Clark County, Washington, a place known as Chalacha to local native people.  The Forest Service headquarters facilities were built atop a significant archaeological site, with evidence of native occupation going back more than 2,000 years.  This presentation will summarize early pre-contact use of the site, introduce the historic-period native people of Chalacha, and provide an overview of the cultural conflicts that took place here in the 19th century as non-native settlers established themselves on the prairie.  Changes in land use in the 20th century will also be discussed, and the program will conclude with an update on a collaborative project with the Cowlitz Indian Tribe to restore culturally significant plant species.
Rick McClure is the Forest Archaeologist and Heritage Program Manager for Gifford Pinchot National Forest, with an office at Mt. Adams Ranger Station, in Trout Lake, Washington.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from The Evergreen State College, a Master’s Degree in Anthropology from Washington State University, and has worked professionally as an archaeologist since 1979.  Rick first climbed Mount St. Helens in 1975, and has directed archaeological excavations at several pre-contact sites around the mountain during the past 23 years. With his wife Cheryl, he is the co-author of a book on the early history of Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
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