Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop is pleased to announce the next In Their Footsteps free speaker series event. This program is The Columbia River’s “ELLIS ISLAND” presented by Nancy Bell Anderson on Sunday, March 17, at 1:00 p.m.
Anderson will discuss the history of the Knappton Cove Heritage Center (just across the Columbia River from Astoria), which preserves the National Historic Site of the U.S. Columbia River Quarantine Station. From 1899 to 1938 this station quarantined immigrants carrying diseases such as bubonic plague, yellow fever, cholera, small pox and typhus.
Anderson has devoted a large portion of her life to learning and sharing the history of this site including the crucial role of the U.S. Public Health Service. In 2002 she published a book on this topic, The Columbia River’s “ELLIS ISLAND,” The Story of Knappton Cove. An updated edition, edited by her daughter Heather Bell Henry, was printed in 2012. This new book will be available for purchase at the park bookstore and this event includes a book-signing.
This monthly Sunday forum is sponsored by the Lewis & Clark National Park Association and the park. These programs are held in the Netul River Room of Fort Clatsop’s visitor center and are free of charge.
For more information, call the park at (503) 861-2471.