Dive Into Culture in the Lewis Clark Valley

Photo Courtesy of Visit Lewis Clark Valley, Taken by Brad Stinson

History, Arts and Entertainment

Museums in the area cover all aspects of time, culture and people. From the Native American and Asian cultures, to the Lewis and Clark Expedition, history is vividly displayed. The Lewis-Clark Expedition was one of the most significant exploration events in the history of the United States. The explorers camped overnight on an island near the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers located near what is now the sister cities of Lewiston, Idaho and Clarkston, Washington.

Nez Perce Tribe – Walk in their Footsteps

The Nez Perce National Historical Park, 11 miles southeast of Lewiston on state Highway 95, is a complete informational center and museum featuring historical displays and interpretive programs teaching travelers about the rich history and customs of the Nez Perce Tribe. There are 24 separate interpretive sites that constitute the Nez Perce National Historical Park. Pow wows and other community events are hosted in various locations throughout the year. Visitors are welcomed today just as the Nez Perce welcomed the Corps of Discovery explorers nearly 200 years ago…go experience their history and culture.

Asian Culture – Beuk Aie Temple

Following the 1860 discovery of gold thousands of miners rushed to the area. Once the Chinese were permitted in 1865, they were quick to arrive. Most of the Chinese who came to Lewiston during the late nineteenth century were from the Toishan district of southern China. These immigrants brought their religion with them and practiced it there until the latter part of the twentieth century. The Lewis-Clark Center for Arts and History’s beautifully restored historic building in downtown Lewiston is Idaho’s second largest exhibition space and is home to Lewiston’s turn-of-the-century Chinese Beuk Aie Temple. The Center features local, regional and nationally-renowned artists, and houses readings, lectures and special events.

Historic Downtowns – Ghosts & History

Idaho History Tours takes participants on walking tours of historic downtown Lewiston. Experience the Ghost Tour, explore beneath the sidewalks, feel the presence of the “spirits” that traveled under the sidewalks and worked in the unmentionable side of society in the 1930s. You also learn how the local citizens built downtown Lewiston.

Lewis & Clark – Exploration of the Great Northwest

The Lewis Clark Discovery Center features interpretive displays including an Indian tepee, a display about Lewis and Clark’s difficult route through the Bitterroot Mountains, a dugout canoe display, a salmon stream and a bronze cougar sculpture. Also shown is a 30-minute video, Lewis & Clark: From the Mountains to the Sea.

To start your trip, go to visitlcvalley.com/things-to-do/history-culture.