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Philadelphia in 2003: the time, place and plans for the Annual Meeting

The Philadelphia Chapter
Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation
PO Box 39534
Philadelphia, PA 19136-9534
For immediate release: Contact: Norma M. Milner

Chance to Attend Three Lewis and Clark Events at Loews Hotel August 10-13

The Philadelphia Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation (LCTHF) is encouraging folks of the greater community to attend three outstanding events, (known as partial registration) which are part of its 35th annual meeting during the 200th anniversary of Lewis’s visit to Philadelphia on the orders of Jefferson to prepare for the expedition. Non-members of LCTHF may attend any of these. This is a rare opportunity to hear some of the top scholars and personalities in the Lewis and Clark field today.

The Sunday night and Wednesday night events are being held at the Loews Hotel, 12th and Market on August 10 and 13, 2003. The Tuesday night event in the list below is being held at the Academy of Natural Sciences at 19th and the Ben Franklin Parkway, Logan Circle. (You would go directly to the Academy.)

Or you can attend a package of all three evening events for a savings of $20 per person. The total for these three events would be $120.

You will also be able to sign up as late as Sunday, August 10, for the full four day meeting at $385 if you are not a member of the LCTHF, or for $345 if you are a national member. To sort all this out, check the web site at
The last minute is coming up fast, so you’ll have to move quickly. Being cyber-savvy will help. Early is better. Now take a look at who you can choose to hear and what you may see.

Choose the suitable form available at Or call Norma Milner, 856-829-3142 for forms. Please leave name, address, and phone number on the tape. Note deadlines carefully.

On the website, choose the “partial registration form” with your check for the full or partial registrations you choose to Lorraine Rittman, 2 Lakeview Lane, Hampton, NJ 08827. You will get a confirmation letter to take to the event. Trade it for a name tag on the list at the door.

The choices are as follows: These prices now include all costs except hotel room rates which are available at discounted rates as well. See note below.

All three of the evenings make up a bargain package for $120. You’ll be a scholar!

1). Opening Keynote Address - Jefferson’s Philadelphia: Setting the Stage for Lewis and Clark, an Illustrated Lecture. (Dinner not included.) Dr. Robert McCracken Peck will describe the people, the setting and the intellectual climate of Philadelphia in 1803 and how the Lewis & Clark expedition was shaped by Lewis’ Philadelphia experiences. What important role did the city and its institutions play before and after the expedition? Peck is a research scientist at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Enjoy entertainment by The Germantown Colonial Dancers and hear music from Jefferson’s library with John Burkhalter and Eugene Rowan on harpsichord and recorders. Sunday evening, August 10, 2003 at 7:00pm at the Loews Hotel, 12th & Market Streets. Cost $25. No Deadline: Entry begins at 6:30 at the Regency Ballroom, 2nd mezzanine Loews Hotel. Cash or check accepted.

2) Exhibit and Lecture: The Lewis & Clark Herbarium at the Academy of Natural Sciences. This is a rare opportunity to see several original specimens from the herbarium and hear talks by Dr. Gary Moulton, University of Nebraska and editor of the newest version of the journals, and Dr. A. E. Schuyler, curator emeritus of the Lewis and Clark Herbarium at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Register by August 7 using “Partial” form on web site and mailing it according to directions. Pay with check or credit card. From 7 to 9 pm, Tuesday evening, August 12, 2003 at the Academy of Natural Sciences, 19th Street and the Parkway. $50 includes light buffet. (No transportation is provided to the event for partial registrants.) You will receive a confirmation letter to take to the Academy of Natural Sciences. Check in at the confirmation desk for your name tag.

3) Closing Banquet and Keynote Address: Reflections on Meriwether Lewis–A Country Boy in a Big City. Dayton Duncan, author of “Out West” and scriptwriter for the Ken Burns TV film on Lewis & Clark, will focus on Lewis the man, his experiences in Philadelphia, and the contrasts of a burgeoning metropolis to his home and life in Virginia. The lecture will be preceded by the announcement of the winner of the Composer’s Competition and the premiere performance by Conductor Gary White and the Philadelphia Sinfonia Orchestra. Register by August 7 using “Partial” form on web site. Pay with check or credit card. Wednesday evening, August 13, 2003 at 6:00pm at the Loews Hotel, 12th & Market Streets. Cost $65. Dinner included. Book signing begins at 5:00 pm.

(Vendors’ Fair open from 9 am to 6 pm on Sunday and from 7:30 am to 6 pm week days.)

Discounted rates at the Loews Hotel may be obtained by those registering for any part of the Bicentennial meeting or for the full four day event. Call 1-215-627-1200. Or, even those coming into the City for other events on these days may call the hotel and reserve a room at the special rate within the Lewis and Clark block of rooms. Save the confirmation number and send it to, with your dates, please.

“Of course, anyone can attend the entire four day meeting by simply becoming a national LCTHF member at the time of full registration,” Founder Frank Muhly, points out, “which is a way to see Philadelphia in an entirely different way, though the eyes of Lewis…and at institutions holding the largest number of artifacts of the expedition in the country. One of 42 chapters. Philadelphia is hosting the national membership at this event. Its own membership is from four states, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York.
Words, 1075: Norma M. Milner and Nancy M. Davis, meeting co-chair—Copyright-free.

Form for partial registration

Updated July 19, 2003