The Quest for Knowledge: Lewis in Philadelphia

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Philadelphia in 2003: the time, place, plans, schedules, photos, memories, and highlights of the Annual Meeting

Speakers and Panelists

Emily T. Cooperman is currently the Research Director at the Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked for over a decade as a historic preservation consultant as a principal with the firm of George E. Thomas Associates, Inc. in Philadelphia. Her preservation projects include a cultural landscape inventory on the Colonial Revival Garden at Stenton in Philadelphia. She holds an M.S. in Historic Preservation and a PhD in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania. The topic of her doctoral dissertation was William Birch and the Beginnings of the American Picturesque. She is currently working on a compendium of picturesque writings.

Rob Cox is head of the Manuscripts Department at the American Philosophical Society. A former paleontologist, he has a PhD in History from the University of Michigan and a book coming out in the fall to be titled Body and Soul: A Sympathetic History of American Spiritualism.

Ara DerMarderosian received his PhD degree in pharmaceutical chemistry at the University of Rhode Island in 1964. He is Professor of Pharmacognosy in the Department of Biology of the College of Pharmacy and Science. He is Research Professor in Medicinal Chemistry and Scientific Director of the University Complementary and Alternative Medicines Institute. He lectures on pharmacology at Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine and as Adjunct Associate Professor of Pharmacology at University of Pennsylvania of Veterinary Medicine and is the Science Advisor to the Philadelphia District FDA Labs. His research interests include hallucinogenic botanicals, medicinal and poisonous plants, marine pharmaceuticals and drugs of abuse.

Dayton Duncan, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, is an award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker based in Walpole, New Hampshire. He is the author of seven books, including Out West: An American Journey and Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery. He wrote and co-produced with Ken Burns Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, a documentary broadcast in Novermber 1997, which attained the second-highest ratings in the history of PBS.

Jane Mork Gibson is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a BA and MA in History and Sociology of Science. Her expertise is centered on the industrial history of Philadelphia. Publications include a monograph on the Fairmount Water Works that is considered a definitive history, an article in IEEE Transactions on Education on Philadelphia's International Electrical Exhibition of 1884, chapters on Philadelphia in joint publications, and book reviews in Technology and Culture, Public History and IA. She is a contract historian for the Philadelphia Water Department and is active in environmental studies and cultural resource projects. She is a member of the Society for the History of Technology, the National Council on Public History and served as a National Director of the Society for Industrial Archeology.

Charles B. Greifenstein is currently the Associate Librarian at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. He holds an MS in information science from Drexel University, as well as an MA. in literature, and a BA in political science. He was Content Advisor for the current exhibit at the College, "Only One Man Died: Medical Adventures on the Lewis and Clark Trail." Publications include "The Papers of E. O. Shakespeare" in the Transactions & Studies of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and "Benjamin Rush: Man of Many Parts" in We Proceeded On. Presented papers include "Civil War Hospitals in Philadelphia," to the Association of Mid-Atlantic Civil War Round Tables and "Documenting Philadelphia's Medical Heritage: The Library of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia," to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference. He is affiliated with the Society of American Archivists, American Association for the History of Medicine, and the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. Present and past professional activities include work with the Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Grant Review Board, and the Philadelphia Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Committee.

Leandra Zim Holland - Education: UCLA graduate. Advanced work UCSD (history), USC (library science) Experience: Lived in Australia; traveled extensively: 60 countries Speaking: Food radios shows. Toastmasters International - CTM Bronze. National Association of Interpreters Conference (1999); Yellowstone Conference (2001)

John Jengo has advanced degrees in geology and paleontology. He is a licensed Professional Geologist in several states, and is currently employed as a Principal Scientist in a national remediation firm. He has written many peer-reviewed technical artides for geological journals and has authored papers on subjects ranging from environmental investigative technologies to the engineering feats of the Anasazi civilization of the American Southwest. His article on the geological observations of Lewis and Clark in the Missouri River Breaks/White Cliffs region was published in We Proceeded On in May 2002.

Christian Johnson was trained as an actor in New York's Neighborhood Playhouse. Twelve years ago he decided to combine his acting skills with his love of history. Since then he has researched and portrayed many historic characters, including Abraham
Lincoln, Patrick Henry and Francis Hopkinson. He latest research focuses on Charles W. Peale and the Peale family. Mr. Johnson has been seen in numerous television and film productions, including the George Washington miniseries with Barry Bostwick. He
is an accomplished voiceover artist and has been heard on hundreds of radio and television commercials.

Shawn Kimmel is currently the year-long Dissertation Fellow in the Library Company's Program in Early American Economy and Society and a visiting fellow at the American Philosophical Society. He is completing a Ph. D. in the Program in American Culture at the University of Michigan. Kimmel received a dual Master's degree in American History and Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University, and a Bachelor's degree with high honors in English and Anthropology, also from Indiana University. He presented a seminar paper in April 2002, for the McNeil Seminar in Early American History titled, A Sentimental Policy Struggles for Sound Policy and Economy Amidst the Torpor of Philanthropy in Mathew Carey's Philadelphia 1817-1840.

Andrew Lewis is an Assistant Professor of History at American University in Washington, DC. Lewis received a PhD from Yale University in 2001 and is revising his dissertation The Curious and the Learned: Natural History in the Early American Pepublic into a book. He has held research fellowships at the American Philosophical Society, the American Antiquarian Society and the Huntington Library. Lewis' research interests and specialties include the history of science, intellectual history and environmental history focusing on the American Revolution and the Early American Republic.

Nina P. Long has been the Director of Library Services and Archivist, Curator of the Wistar Museum Collections for the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia since 1992. She holds an MS in Library Science from Case Western Reserve University and has directed a number of archival cataloging and preservation projects involving the Wistar Institute manuscripts collections. She has led the NAGPRA assessment team for its historical museum collection of anatomical specimens. The Institute's Library and Archives have received grants for historical projects from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission as well as from private foundations. Her most recent publications are biographical sketches of Othniel C. Marsh and Henry McCook for the recently published reference work American National Biography.

Eric Luft received his BA Magna Cum Laude in Philosophy and Religion from Bowdoin College in 1974, his MA and PhD in Philosophy from Bryn Mawr College in 1977 and 1985, and his MLS from Syracuse University in 1993. He has been Curator of Historical Collections at SUNY Upstate Medical University since 1987. Formerly he taught philosophy at Villanova University and was Historical Collections Assistant at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. He is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World. Among the topics of his publications are philosophy, librarianship, clinical medicine, history of medicine, history of science, military history, cultural history, intellectual history, and popular culture.

Michal McMahon is a member of the History faculty at West Virginia University. He has published a half-dozen articles on the history of Philadelphia, among which are Technology, Disease and the Question of Public Health in Late 18th-Century Philadelphia, The Melancholy Scene of Devastation: the 1793 Yellow Fever Epidemic and Dock Creek and the Origins of Urban Technology in 18th-Century Philadelphia. In the fall of 2002, he delivered a paper before the European Association of Urban Historians in Edinburgh on The Power of Place: Fashioning Philadelphia, 1720-1750.

Brett Mizelle is an Assistant Professor of History at California State University, Long Beach. He received his MA and PhD from the University of Minnesota. His research interests center on the construction and contestation of American identities in periods of social and political instability. His current project examines the scientific and cultural meanings of exhibitions and representations of exotic and performing animals in the early American republic. He has undertaken extensive research on natural science and public culture in early national Philadelphia with the support of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies and the Library Company of Philadelphia.

Gary E. Moulton is Thomas C. Sorensen Professor of American History and editor of the Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He completed the project to edit the journals in 1999 and the last of the 13 volumes was published in 2001. This year his one-volume abridgment of that edition was published by the University of Nebraska Press as The Lewis and Clark Journals: An American Epic of Discovery.

Frank Muhly became interested in Lewis & Clark as a Boy Scout in the 1930's. Reading the book Two Captains West in 1952 renewed his interest. Muhly began traveling the trail with his family in 1954, continuing through 1971. He joined the LCTHF in 1974 and shortly thereafter published a book, Historical Signboards on the Lewis and Clark Trail. In 1991, Muhly began to research the status of L&C related sites in Philadelphia and has encouraged the city's cultural and historical organizations to participate in upcoming bicentennial events. He organized the Philadelphia Chapter of the LCTHF and served as its first president as well as serving on the LCTHF board for two successive terms. Muhly coordinated and designed three brochures: The Eastern Legacy of Lewis and Clark, Lewis and Clark in Historic Philadelphia, and Walk in the Footprints of Lewis and Clark in Philadelphia.

Terry Nathan received a PhD in Atmospheric Science in 1985 from the State University of New York at Albany. Nathan is currently professor of Atmospheric Science and chair of the Atmospheric Science Graduate Program at the University of California, Davis. Nathan has published 28 (peer reviewed) scientific papers on such topics as stability of rotating stratified atmospheres, global energy propagation during El Nino and La Nina, and ozone-dynamics interactions in the stratosphere. The National Science Foundation, NASA and the Department of Energy have funded most of Nathan's research.

Robert McCracken Peck, historian, naturalist and writer, serves as Curator of Art and Artifacts and the Editor of Scientific Publications at The Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, where he has been a Fellow since 1983. He holds a BA degree from Princeton University and an MA degree from the Winterthur Program in American Cultural History, University of Delaware. Widely published, Peck is the author of Land of the Eagle: A Natural History of North America, the companion volume to the eight-part BBC/PBS television series of the same title. It was named one of the most notable natural history/science books of the year by The New York Times Book Review. Peck has served as a consultant to the American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Portrait Gallery, the Liverpool Museum and the BBC. In 1988 a new species of South American frog, one of three he discovered in the upper Amazon basin in Ecuador, was named in his honor.

Barry R Rauhauser earned a BA in American Studies from Penn State University and an MA through the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture and the University of Delaware. He is currently on the staff of the Lancaster County Historical Society as the Stauffer Curator.

Alfred E. Schuyler is Curator Emeritus of Botany at The Academy of Natural Sciences, where he has worked since 1962. He received his PhD in botany from the University of Michigan in 1963 and has taught at Swarthmore College, the University of Montana, and Rutgers University. With more than 50 scientific publications to his credit, he currently teaches at the Arboretum of the Barnes Foundation, the Wagner Free Institute of Science, and Millersville University.

Nancy V. Webster has a BA from Radcliffe College of Harvard University and a double MA from William and Mary. An independent scholar who has presented papers on medical topics in the US. and Canada, she has also learned to use the period equipment and texts, to grow or find in the wild the authentic plants, and has trained herself to do the appropriate preparation methods for the types of 1803 medicine. She is the Curator of the Friends Historical Association, based at Haverford College, an Honorary Curator of the Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College, and a past president of the Fellows in American Studies.

Panel Discussion

Landon Jones, moderator, is vice-president of the National Council of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial and the editor of The Essential Lewisand Clark (HarperCollins, 2000). His biography of William Clark will be published by the Hill & Wang imprint of
Farrar Strauss & Giroux in the spring of 2004.

Brian Hall is the author of I Should Be Extremely Happy In Your Company A Novel of Lewis and Clark published this year by Viking. He is the author of two previous novels and three works of nonfiction. He has written for the New Yorker, the New York
Times Magazine, Time,
and other publications. He lives in Ithaca, NY.

Barbara Oberg is a member of the History Department at Princeton University and General Editor of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. She co-edited Benjamin Franklin, Jonathan Edwards, and the Representation of American Cultures (Oxford University Press) and Federalists Reconsidered (University Press of Virginia). Oberg is the President of the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic.

Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs is co-author of the recently published Lewis and Clark Companion An Encyclopedic Guide to the Voyage of Discovery. She writes articles on local and state history and served as a biographical researcher for her father, Stephen Ambrose. She holds two degrees in History from the University of Montana, where she was a teaching assistant under Foundation member Harry Fritz. She currently serves on the board of the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center Foundation in Great Falls. In an article, "Burning Daylight", published in We Proceeded On, Tubbs describes her experience of canoeing the Missouri Breaks and hiking the Lolo trail as a teenager and again years later as a mother introducing her own children to the world of Lewis and Clark.

Michael Zuckerman did his BA (at Penn) and his PhD (at Harvard) in American Studies. He teaches courses in popular culture, national character, human nature, and religion. He has written on subjects from democracy to family life to business, from American identity to the Constitution to religion, from the university to children's rights to race to the role of ideas in history, and on people from Thomas Jefferson to P. T. Barnum to Oliver North, from Horatio Alger to Lewis Mumford to Doctor Spock. He is now finishing the editing of a collaboration of historians and developmental psychologists on the history of childhood from the middle ages to the new millennium.

Updated August 31, 2003