Upper images are courtesy of the Northwest Room. The image to the left is courtesy of Don Popejoy. The image above is courtesy of the Nostalgia Magazine Collection.
Our speaker on December 20th is Don Popejoy. He will discuss "Sacajawea: What was her real role during the Lewis and Clark Expedition". Don was born and raised in Spokane and graduated from Eastern Washington University in
1973, with a major in American History and Pacific Northwest History. In addition to volunteering with several historical groups, Don organized a Mullan Road convention in 2000 and a year-long event in
2008 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1858 Spokane and Coeur d’Alene Wars in Eastern
Don has developed and leads tours around the country for Elderhostel/Road Scholar since 1999. He has worked with several small cruise ship companies since 2001 and is currently with the Un-Cruise and
National Geographic Lindblad cruise lines, teaching the history of the Columbia and Snake River watershed. Since 2004 Don has taught American and European history, along with Geology, Climate Change, Music history, and Shakespeare at Spokane Falls Community College in the Act Two program as professor of History. He co-authored “Early Spokane: 1800-1945” with Penny Hutten, and also co-
authored the book “The Mullan Road: Carving a Passage Through the Frontier Northwest: 1859-1862.”
Don’s latest books are “The Columbia River Connection: The Lewis and Clark Expedition and the Oregon
Trail,” volumes one and two; the third book in the series will be finished in 2018. Don is also working on a book project with the Yellowstone Trail Association as a contributing author of “The Yellowstone Trail: From Plymouth Rock to Puget Sound” and is drafting two new books on the Ice Age Floods.
Don’s December 20th topic is “Sacajawea: What was her real role during the Lewis and Clark Expedition?"
He will discuss how the young Sacajawea joined the Expedition, what her responsibilities were and how
she accomplished them, and what catapulted her to the place she is in today.
Please join us at the Airport Holiday Inn, 1616 S. Windsor Drive Spokane, Washington 99224. Contact Pat Holien by December 17th, for reservations. Pat's email is email@example.com and phone number is 509-951-2090
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